§ 119. Mr. Osborne
asked the Minister of Food if he is aware that imported rock cod is being offered to the wholesale grocery trade at 2s. 4d. per tin of 6½ oz., when fresh cod is available around Is. 2d. a lb.; and if he will take steps to prevent this waste of sterling on uneconomic imports.
§ Dr. Summerskill
The canned fish referred to was imported by private traders and its sale is not subject to price control. The fresh cod is marketed in accordance with the Ministry of Food Control Scheme. This explains the difference in prices. Further imports of canned fish by private traders have ceased, as the Open General Licence which permitted such trading has now been withdrawn.