§ Mr. Mitchison
asked the Minister of Food what is the retail price of mackerel now, or at the last convenient date, in London and in the East Midlands; whether mackerel remains as scarce as it was in January and in other winter months; and whether he is prepared to re-impose control at the last maximum retail price of 6½d. per lb. or at some other price.
§ Mr. J. Strachey
Recently the retail price of mackerel has been 1s. 6d. per lb. in London and 1s. 4d. per lb. in the East Midlands, but on occasions when fish generally has been scarce the prices have been higher. Although landings of mackerel this year have been well above those of last year, they are still low at this season and supplies do not become plentiful until the summer. For the reasons given to my hon. Friend in reply to his Question on 21st January, I do not at present propose to re-impose price control of this fish but I shall continue to watch the position.