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FISH PRICES ORDER VIEWS OF BIRMINGHAM TRADERS.

June 27

Retail fishmongers in Birmingham do not regard with favour the Order prescribing maximum prices for fish. They consider that the margin of profit is not sufficient; all the same, they will give the scheme loyal co-operation.

Mr J Webb, president of the National Federation of Fishmongers and Poulterers, said to a "Birmingham Post" reporter, "We have been told by the Government that we must give the scheme a three months run, and then, if we are in a position to prove that the margin of profit is not sufficient to enable retailers to carry on their business, the matter will be considered. I would prefer the word 'adjusted' to 'considered'."

The following table indicates the difference between some of the retail prices ruling in Birmingham yesterday and the controlled prices which will come into operation on Monday.

Mr Webb said the Government had indicated for some time that maximum prices would have to be introduced as a means to keep down prices to consumers. The Government had taken over a large number of trawlers for important duties, and the landings of fish c onsequently were considerably below those of the pre-war years.

"Whether it is the intention of the Government that ultimately only 25 per cent of those engaged in the retail fish trade will be left to carry on the business, I cannot say," Mr Webb added. "It looks as if 75 per cent of fishmongers will go out of busin ess."
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