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.
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.
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?