HC Deb 26 June 1950 vol 476 cc184-5W
109. Mr. Hayman

asked the Minister of Food whether he could offer a long-term contract to encourage those concerned to provide special facilities for the production of a canned medium-sized pilchard to compete with best quality Portuguese sardines in dollar markets.

Mr. Webb

My Department does not purchase home-canned fish, the sale and distribution of which is not controlled. While it does not seem to me that canned medium-sized pilchards would be an acceptable substitute for sardines, I will try to encourage their export in any way I can.