1 OCTOBER 1948, Page 4

The fish-fryers are up in arms over controls—not, be it

noted, over the imposition of controls, but over their threatened removal. Hitherto licences for the opening of fish-and-chips shops have been required, resulting in a limitation of numbers naturally very profitable for the fortunate licensees. Now that free competition is to be restored the hitherto sheltered practitioners complain that this will result in redundancy and all sorts of other evils. This is obviously significant. My own prediction is that it will result in either better fish and chips or cheaper fish and chips, to the considerable benefit of the consuming public. We may be grateful to the fryers for starting profitable reflection on the effect of controls generally.

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