HC Deb 04 April 1957 vol 568 c561
24. Mr. Hayman

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether, in conjunction with the White Fish Authority, he will consider the introduction of a scheme for securing reasonable prices for pilchards between fishermen and buyers on first-hand sales to canners, curers and the fresh market.

Mr. Amory

This is a matter in the first instance for the White Fish Authority, which is now considering whether and how it might assist in response to a recent request by the Cornwall Sea Fisheries Committee.

Mr. Hayman

While thanking the Minister for that reply, may I ask him if he will give all the assistance he can to the Cornish pilchard industry, because this is a very important industry, although very small, and it is facing terrific competition in the imports of a kind of pilchard from all parts of the world?

Mr. Amory

I can assure the hon. Member that I shall give very careful consideration to any recommendations or proposals made to me by the White Fish Authority.

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