HC Deb 24 March 1958 vol 585 c12
22. Mr. Willey

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what inquiries are now taking place regarding the distribution costs of fish.

Mr. Godber

Since 1955, Hull University has been making an economic study of fish distribution on behalf of the White Fish Authority. This study covers a wider range of problems than those examined in the Authority's own costing investigation, the report on which was published in March, 1957. The Fleck Committee also, no doubt, will wish to cover the subject in its inquiry into the fishing industry generally.

Mr. Willey

Will the Parliamentary Secretary encourage these inquiries, as we all recognise that fish is highly perishable and that one of the costs of distribution is the physical waste?

Mr. Godber

This is a difficult matter. I hope we shall get some valuable information from these inquiries.