HC Deb 01 July 1919 vol 117 c785W

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the fact that large supplies of fish have been condemned and much valuable food has been wasted by the failure of the merchants of Billingsgate Market to deal with the supplies consigned to them and practically delivered to them by the railway companies; and what Action he proposes to take in the matter?


I have been asked to reply. The Food Controller is aware that certain quantities of fish have from time to time been condemned, but he cannot accept the suggestion made by the hon. Member that the fault lies entirely with the merchants. The causes of the failure to dispose of these supplies are now being investigated. It may be due to the inability of merchants to take delivery of supplies consigned to them, to delays in railway transport, or to lack of adequate facilities at the markets for the acceptance of deliveries.