HC Deb 20 February 1935 vol 298 cc343-4

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that exporters of herring at Anstruther are experiencing great difficulty in obtaining currency transfers from Germany; that there is a danger that the whole export trade may be held up on this account; and whether he can make any statement on the subject?


A complaint has been received from one herring exporting firm of the alleged failure of the German Government to grant facilities for the import of United Kingdom herring into Germany. The firm have been asked to produce evidence in support of their complaint and my right hon. Friend will be happy to consider this when it is received, together with any further information which my hon. Friend can supply.


Is my hon. Friend satisfied that, with that exception, there are no difficulties at the present time in the way of the transfer of currency from Germany?


The matters upon which the German Government agreed to provide currency in recently concluded agreements are in normal practice proceeding satisfactorily. I was surprised to learn that a herring exporting firm had found a difficulty, because herring is one of the special commodities to which these exchange facilities were directed. It is only a matter of clearing up what is possibly a misunderstanding.