Condemned Fish, Manchester

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies – in the House of Commons on 9th December 1942.

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Mr. Thorneycroft:

asked the Parliatary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is aware that during the five weeks ended 29th October five tons of fish and 18½ tons of shellfish were condemned in Manchester; and will he take steps to prevent this wastage of valuable food?

Photo of Mr William Mabane Mr William Mabane , Huddersfield

Five tons of fish were condemned during the five weeks ended 29th October because it was bad. It was condemned for the most part in small lots and included small quantities in retail shops. It represents 0.5 per cent. of the fish sent to the Manchester wholesale market during the period. Of the 18½ tons of shellfish condemned, 18¼ tons were mussels, the greater part of which arrived in an unsound condition. I cannot agree that such condemnation of unfit food represents avoidable waste.

Mr. Thorneycroft:

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that in the 12 months ending October of this year 186 tons of fish were condemned in Manchester, and is he satisfied that there is no negligence or lack of organisation?

Photo of Mr William Mabane Mr William Mabane , Huddersfield

Perhaps the hon. Member will put that Question on the Order Paper.