Oral Answers to Questions — Fish

– in the House of Commons on 9th February 1944.

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Photo of Sir Patrick Hannon Sir Patrick Hannon , Birmingham Moseley

asked the Minister of Food whether he has considered representations from the fish friers of Birmingham on the quantities of fish available for the needs of fish friers, who can only secure limited supplies after the wholesale and retail fish distributors have been supplied; and whether he will take steps to secure a reasonable quantity of fish for the fish friers.

Photo of Mr John Llewellin Mr John Llewellin , Uxbridge

I have received no representations from fish friers in Birmingham. They draw their supplies from the same sources and on the same basis as fishmongers in that city.

Photo of Sir Patrick Hannon Sir Patrick Hannon , Birmingham Moseley

Will my right hon. and gallant Friend have inquiries made to find out whether these estimable people, the fish friers of Birmingham, have reasonable supplies of fish?

Photo of Mr John Llewellin Mr John Llewellin , Uxbridge

Yes, I have inquired into that matter, and they are receiving the same proportion on the basic figures as the fish merchants in that city.

Photo of Mr Robert Boothby Mr Robert Boothby , Aberdeenshire and Kincardineshire Eastern

asked the Minister of Food whether he is taking any steps to increase the supply of tinned herring and pilchards; and whether he will see that a sufficient quantity of raw matje herring is made available to the public.

Photo of Mr John Llewellin Mr John Llewellin , Uxbridge

During the greater part of the year the catch of herring and pilchards is insufficient to meet demand. I am seeing whether anything can be done to make more available to canners at times of heavy landings. In regard to the last part of the Question, demand is low, and I hope landings will be sufficient to meet it.

Photo of Mr Robert Boothby Mr Robert Boothby , Aberdeenshire and Kincardineshire Eastern

Is my right hon. and gallant Friend aware that the raw matje herring is the most succulent of all forms of fish, not excluding caviare?

Photo of Mr John Llewellin Mr John Llewellin , Uxbridge

I am told that it is extremely succulent, but the demand is low.

Photo of Mr Tom Driberg Mr Tom Driberg , Maldon

Can the right hon. Gentleman not stimulate the demand by some of his admirable advertisements?