§ 2. Mr. Wolrige-Gordon
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he has yet agreed to a system of reserve prices for fish; and if he will make a statement.
§ 3. Mr. Bruce-Gardyne
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he will now introduce a minimum pricing scheme for white fish.
§ Mr. Wolrige-Gordon
Does not the Parliamentary Secretary realise that there has now been considerable delay in the introduction of this scheme, and that there is a great deal of unanimity in the industry about its desirability? Will he seek to bring it in as quickly as possible?
§ Mr. Bruce-Gardyne
Can the hon. Gentleman tell us whether the Treasury has intervened to tell him that he cannot introduce this scheme? Could he come clean about this? The discussion has been going on for a very long time, and there is really no reason why it should not have ceased by now.
§ Sir M. Redmayne
Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that we look forward to a debate on this subject, and allied subjects, and that I hope that he will represent to the Leader of the House that it must be before the House rises for the Summer Recess?
§ Mr. Wall
Does the hon. Gentleman agree that it is essential to reach a decision on this matter before the industry puts its case in the Restrictive Practices Court, and does not that severely limit the time he has to consider the matter? Will he guarantee to make a statement before the end of the Session?
§ Mr. James Johnson
Whatever decision the Minister takes, will he bear in mind the need to increase consumption of fish at home? Without a guaranteed home market, the deep sea fishing fleets of ports like Hull will not flourish.