HC Deb 04 July 1932 vol 268 cc12-3

asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is aware that the German Government is about to guarantee advances to German fishing-boat owners through the German banks to encourage them to prosecute the herring trawling during the summer and early autumn, and that, as a corollary of this, the import into Germany of English-caught herring will be forbidden at any rate until the end of November; and will he take steps to safeguard the interests of the men engaged in the English fishing industry?

The MINISTER of AGRICULTURE (Sir John Gilmour)

I have made inquiries and have failed to obtain confirmation of the statements contained in the first part of the question. If, however, my hon. Friend has further particulars on the subject perhaps he will be good enough to forward them to me.

66. Mr. LAW

asked the President of the Board of Trade the number of countries which are now making any discrimination, which did not exist at the beginning of 1932, in respect of the importation of British fresh, salted, or cured fish into their respective countries; and what the nature of this discrimination is?

Mr. JOHN COLVILLE (Secretary, Overseas Trade Department)

I am not aware of any case in which discrimination of the kind suggested has been introduced since the beginning of this year.

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