HC Deb 26 November 1953 vol 521 cc516-7
33. Mr. Dodds

asked the Minister of Agriculture what progress has been made since his decision to defer for six months the proposed frozen fish scheme of the White Fish Authority which was designed to reduce the surplus of fish during periods of plenty and to make available stocks of frozen fish during times of scarcity, to enable the trade to make alternative proposals.

Mr. Nugent

Since the White Fish Authority decided to defer for six months its proposed frozen fish scheme, it has received suggestions for a revised scheme from the National Federation of Fish Quick Freezers. These the Authority is now considering. Any scheme that the Authority may put forward will need Ministerial and Parliamentary approval before coming into operation.

Mr. Dodds

Since this action is now long overdue, can the hon. Gentleman say when something will be done about it?

Mr. Nugent

I am not able to say how soon or even whether this scheme will come forward, but if the White Fish Authority recommends it it will receive immediate attention.