HC Deb 23 November 1945 vol 416 cc857-8W
Major Spence

asked the Minister of Food if, in view of his plans to import foreign boxed fish, he will give a reassurance to the British fishing industry as to the long-term future of prices, as it was formerly the regular practice of the importers of foreign boxed fish to undersell the British fishermen.

Sir B. Smith

Imports of limited quantities of boxed fish from Denmark and Norway are being permitted during the winter solely in the interest of the public. These imports have no bearing on long term policy regarding fish prices. This long term policy is at present under consideration by the Departments concerned, and it is not possible at the moment to make an announcement on the matter. I am sending to the hon. and gallant Member a copy of the Press notice which has been issued on the subject of imports of boxed fish.