§ 50. Mr. ARNOTT
asked the Prime Minister whether he will refer the question of exploration for new fishing grounds to the Sub-Committee of Civil Research which is inquiring into the fishing industry?
§ Mr. P. SNOWDEN
The Sub-Committee in question have considered the problem of exploration for new fishing grounds, and, in view of the evidence put before 330 them as to the need for systematic and well planned investigations, have presented an Interim Report to the Committee of Civil Research. After considering this Report, His Majesty's Government authorised the construction of a survey vessel at an estimated capital cost, including scientific equipment, of £80,000. The vessel is to be constructed and equipped by the Admiralty in a naval dockyard, and is to operate under the control and direction of the Hydrographer of the Navy. His Majesty's Government propose to ask Parliament to provide annually a sum of £34,000 to cover running expenses in each of the five years next succeeding the completion of this vessel.
§ Mr. A. M. SAMUEL
Will this inquiry include a search for new fishing grounds for shell fishing or only for deep-sea fishing?
§ Sir FREDERICK THOMSON
Are arrangements being made for this Committee to visit fishing ports and to take evidence from people who have knowledge and experience of it?
§ Mr. WOMERSLEY
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this pronouncement will give great satisfaction to the fishing industry, seeing that it is a continuation of the policy of the last Government?
§ Mr. SNOWDEN
I am sure it will give very great satisfaction. It will also prove that this Government, unlike the previous Government, is a Government of action.
§ Mr. MACQUISTEN
Will the Committee include within the ambit of its inquiry the damage done to fishing boats?