Fish Marketing, Brighton

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd December 1957.

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Photo of Mr Luke Teeling Mr Luke Teeling , Brighton, Pavilion 12:00 am, 2nd December 1957

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what steps the White Fish Authority has taken to see that Brighton fishermen, and other fishermen of the south coast, can continue to market their fish after the closing of the Brighton Fish Market on 28th December; and what has been the report of their representative who visited Brighton on 21st November.

Photo of Mr Joseph Godber Mr Joseph Godber , Grantham

Following the visit of their representative on 21st November, the Authority has expressed to Brighton Corporation its concern at the proposed closing of the wholesale fish market there and its willingness to give any assistance possible. The Authority has no powers, however, to provide market facilities itself.

Photo of Mr Luke Teeling Mr Luke Teeling , Brighton, Pavilion

Would my right hon. Friend realise that these fishermen have used that fish market for just under 100 years and, before that, were using the same place since the days of the Prince Regent, and that they are to be pushed out on 28th December? Does he not think that his Ministry can at least exercise some influence to bring about a round-table conference or talk in the next few days?

Photo of Mr Joseph Godber Mr Joseph Godber , Grantham

The Authority has been down and has been in touch with the local authority in Brighton about this matter, and it hopes that as a result of the meeting the Corporation may reconsider its decision.