Pilchards Levy

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 22 May 1946.

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Photo of Commander Sir Douglas Marshall Commander Sir Douglas Marshall , Bodmin 12:00, 22 May 1946

asked the Minister of Food (1) the total sum collected by the levy on processed pilchards during 1945;

(2) the total sum expended in transport in the United Kingdom on processed pilchards during 1945.

Photo of Mr Benjamin Smith Mr Benjamin Smith , Bermondsey Rotherhithe

I regret that separate figures of levy receipts and transport expenditure for pilchards are not available. On pilchards cured for export, which accounted for over 60 per cent. of the catch, a rebate of the levy is given which, for 1945, will amount to £8,520.

Photo of Commander Sir Douglas Marshall Commander Sir Douglas Marshall , Bodmin

Would the Minister consult his Department as to whether it is possible to adjust the levy in order to support the pilchard industry and help the inshore fishing industry generally?

Photo of Mr Benjamin Smith Mr Benjamin Smith , Bermondsey Rotherhithe

I will have another look at it.