HC Deb 05 May 1919 vol 115 c604W

asked the Food Controller if he is aware that fish curers and buyers on the coast are prevented from buying supplies of expensive packages, opening their branch stations, and employing extra labour to deal with the catches of the demobilised fishing fleet as long as the fish trade is not entirely decontrolled or a date fixed for the same; whether he is aware that this will likely involve the destruction of much food and hardship to fishermen; and whether he proposes to take any action to deal with this situation?


The Food Controller has no information to show that the position is as stated by the hon. and gallant Member in the first part of the question. I may say that maximum prices have already been suspended in the case of many varieties of fish, and I anticipate that further action in this direction will be taken shortly.