HC Deb 09 February 1981 vol 998 c275W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he will cause an investigation to be made into the problems of British fishermen by reason of the fact that their landings of fish at British ports are only fetching 17p a pound for plaice and pro-rata for other fish, due to large catches of fish being landed from the Continent in general and Holland in particular at very low prices, while the housewife is being charged as much as 80p to £1 .00 a pound for fish; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. Peter Walker

As I told the House on 12 January I have asked my team of marketing advisers to look at the marketing of fish. They have already begun their work. The pattern of price formation at the various stages of the marketing chain is one of the matters they will be taking into account.