Oral Answers to Questions — White Fish Industry (Minimum Prices)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th July 1966.

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Photo of Mr James Johnson Mr James Johnson , Kingston upon Hull West 12:00 am, 20th July 1966

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what talks he has had with the White Fish Authority regarding the formulation of a scheme for the establishment of minimum prices in the white fish industry; and whether he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr James Hoy Mr James Hoy , Edinburgh Leith

I have nothing to add to the replies given on 2nd March and 11th May.

Photo of Mr James Johnson Mr James Johnson , Kingston upon Hull West

While thanking my hon. Friend for his usual candour, may I ask him whether he is aware that this delay is becoming a little niggling? Could he possibly give us a date when this report may come?

Photo of Mr James Hoy Mr James Hoy , Edinburgh Leith

I think my hon. Friend will realise that this really is not a matter for the Ministry. It is a matter for the Authority and the industry. I think my hon. Friend can be assured that the Authority and its very able Chairman are doing all they possibly can.

Photo of Mr Joseph Godber Mr Joseph Godber , Grantham

On this point, may I endorse what the hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull, West (Mr. James Johnson) has said, in that speed is needed, and also what the hon. Gentleman has said about the very able Chairman, but may I ask whether he would not agree that it is most essential to get this cleared up, since otherwise the industry will suffer very seriously?

Photo of Mr James Hoy Mr James Hoy , Edinburgh Leith

Yes, I agree with the right hon. Gentleman, but when one undertakes a scheme like this, then consultation has to take place with every part of the industry.

Photo of Dr Horace King Dr Horace King , Southampton, Itchen

Order. It is difficult for the Chair to hear the Questions and Answers when there is so much background noise.