HC Deb 19 March 1885 vol 295 cc1681-2

asked Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Whether there is any prospect of the Government placing at the disposal of the Scotch Fishery Board this year the £31,000 surplus brand fees, which the Treasury have received from Scotch herring curers since 1860, in excess of the actual expense incurred by Government for imposing the brand?


In reply to my hon. and gallant Friend, I can only say that I have no power to place at the disposal of the Scotch Fishery Board any moneys other than those appropriated for the service of that Board by Parliament. I have altogether failed to verify the figure of £31,000 which he has given; but, whether the real amount of the surplus in 25 years be more or less, this will not affect my answer.