§ 31. Sir ROBERT HAMILTON
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the number of barrels of cured herring exported from Scotland to Germany and Russia in 1911, 1912 and 1913, respectively, and the number exported to Germany, Russia and the Baltic States in 1923, 1924 and 1925, respectively, together with the average prices received; and the amount of unsold stock on hand at the latest available date?
§ Sir J. GILMOUR
With the hon. Member's permission, I propose to circulate the answer in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
§ Following is the answer:
§ The number of barrels of cured herrings exported from Scotland to Germany in 1911, 1912 and 1913 was 768,375, 687,790 and 647,087 respectively; the corresponding figures for Russia were 655,814, 750,187 and 619,680 barrels. The number of barrels exported to Germany, Russia 1220 and the Baltic States in 1923, 1924 and 1925 was as follow:
|Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.||—||130,432||56,350|
§ 35. Mr. JOHNSTON
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is aware of the depression prevailing in the Scottish fishing industry due to the closing of the trade in cured herrings with Russia; that before the War Russia imported through her own ports or over her frontier 75 per cent. of the total catch of the Scottish herring fishermen; that, in the considered opinion of the industry, the key to prosperity lies in reopening the Russian market; and whether, in view of these facts, he is now prepared to extend the benefits of the export credits scheme for this particular trade with Russia?
§ Sir P. CUNLIFFE-LISTER
I have been asked to reply. With regard to the first, third and fourth parts of the question, I would refer the hon. Member to the answer which I gave to the hon. Member for Merthyr on 16th February, a copy of which I am sending him. With regard to the second part. I will circulate in the OFFICIAL BEPORT a statement taken from the Reports of the Fishery Board for Scotland, from which it will be seen that in 1913 the proportion of the total quantity of herrings caught and cured in Scotland, which was exported to ports in the countries comprising pre- 1221 War Russia, amounted to 32.8 per cent., the corresponding percentage in 1924 being 34 per cent. The corresponding proportions exported to ports in Germany were 35.7 per cent. in 1913, and 31.8 per cent. in 1924.
§ Mr. JOHNSTON
Has the right hon. Gentleman had any request to receive a deputation for representatives of all parties on the herring fishing industry, and, if so, is he prepared to receive it?
§ Sir P. CUNLIFFE-LISTER
No, Sir. I do not think I have had such a request. Probably on a subject connected with Scotland it would be convenient that it should be addressed to the Secretary of
|Quantity of Herrings.||1913.||1924.|
|Barrels.||Proportion of Total Cured.||Barrels.||Proportion of Total Cured.|
|Exports to—||Per cent.||Per cent.|
|Poland (including Dantzig)||…||(b)||—||223,893||13.0|
|(a) Included with Russia.|
|(6) Included partly with Russia and partly with Germany.|
|(c) Pre-War territories.|