HC Deb 09 March 1961 vol 636 c675
34. Mr. Hector

Hughes asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what steps he is taking to publicise the nourishing qualities of fish caught by British fisheries to the emergent African countries and to encourage the sale to and purchase by them of such fish in a frozen condition.

Mr. Vane

While my right hon. Friend is always ready to encourage the industry to publicise its products and expand its markets, the price of frozen fish here and the limited facilities for handling it in Africa seem unlikely to permit any considerable expansion of the present exports of frozen fish to these countries for some time to come.

Mr. Hughes

Will the Minister consult his right hon. Friend the Colonial Secretary with regard to the potentialities of the sale of frozen fish in Africa and take steps to ensure that the British fishing industry is given an opportunity of meeting the demands of these markets and developing them for the good of the British fishing industry?

Mr. Vane

I will certainly consult my right hon. Friend. My original reply also answered the hon. and learned Member's supplementary question.