HC Deb 07 March 1940 vol 358 cc592-3W
Mr. Mander

asked the Minister of Food whether he is aware that many fish and chip shops in Wolverhampton and district have been compelled to close owing to the high price of fish and cooking materials, and that the price of fish is still twice as high as the pre-war price; and whether he will make it clear that the owners of such shops are entitled to purchase their potatoes at wholesale prices as in the past?

Mr. W. S. Morrison

I am aware that the reduction in the supplies of white fish, and its inevitable effect upon prices, have rendered the position of many of the smaller fish frying shops extremely difficult and that some have temporarily closed down. In regard to the latter part of the hon. Member's question, the owners of this class of shop are entitled now, as heretofore, to purchase potatoes at the prices prescribed for sales to retail establishments generally.

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