5. Mr. WEDDERBURN
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the financial results of the past Scottish fishing season and the extent to which this has been prejudiced by foreign imports of fish?
§ The SECRETARY of STATE for SCOTLAND (Sir Archibald Sinclair)
The total catch of the Scottish summer herring fishings, to which I assume the hon. Member's question to refer, had a value of £921,000 in 1931 as compared with £1,269,000 in 1930, a decrease of 27 per cent. The total catch amounted to only 528,540 crans in 1931 as compared with 802,500 crans in 1930, a decrease of 34 per cent. The decrease was due to scarcity of fish on the grounds and not to the competition of foreign imports.