White Fish Authority (Advertising Levy)

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15 April 1970.

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Photo of Mr Kevin McNamara Mr Kevin McNamara , Kingston upon Hull North 12:00, 15 April 1970

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he will now make a statement on the collection of the White Fish Authority advertising levy.

Photo of Mr James Hoy Mr James Hoy , Edinburgh Leith

The White Fish Authority Publicity Scheme Confirmatory Order 1970 came into operation on 5th April last. It provides for payment to the authority within seven days after the end of the week in which levy is incurred, but, subject to that, the arrangements for collection are the responsibility of the authority itself.

Photo of Mr Kevin McNamara Mr Kevin McNamara , Kingston upon Hull North

I thank my right hon. Friend for that reply. Is he aware that now that the Order has been confirmed most hon. Members will hope that all merchants will forget their foolishness about not paying the levy? Is he satisfied that if some persist the White Fish Authority will take the necessary steps?

Photo of Mr James Hoy Mr James Hoy , Edinburgh Leith

I am grateful for what my hon. Friend has said. He was expressing the opinion of hon. Members on both sides when the Order was laid. The action can follow if payments are not made.