Andrew Bridgen praises Ruby’s, an award-winning fish and chip shop in the village of Thringstone, but raises concerns that they are facing record price rises for fish, batter, fat, wrapping paper and energy, and asks what action the Government is taking to protect our fish and chip shops.
Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con)
Ruby’s is an award-winning fish and chip shop in the village of Thringstone that has been owned and operated by the same family for almost 50 years. It is one of many excellent fish and chip shops in my constituency, but the owner tells me that the business outlook has never been more volatile. With record price rises for fish, batter, fat, wrapping paper and, of course, energy, many fish and chip shops are worried about whether they will survive. Could we have a statement about what action the Government will take to ensure that they protect the future of our fish and chip shops, which are a great part of British life?
Mark Spencer (The Leader of the House of Commons)
I declare my interest in fish and chips, Mr Speaker. Takeaways are recognised as a huge part of the night-time economy. Such businesses provide a service to our communities and should be supported. I wish my hon. Friend’s fish and chip shop and all fish and chip shops well, up and down the country.