§ 9. Sir DOUGLAS THOMSON
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that in Aberdeen men signing on or signing off a fishing vessel pay a fee of one shilling to the 2252 Board of Trade; whether he can recommend any reduction of this charge; and whether he will consider instituting a reduced fee of sixpence for intermediate signings on and off, even if the fee of one shilling remains for the half-yearly period?
§ The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of TRADE (Mr. Runciman)
I have received representations on this matter from several quarters. There are substantial difficulties in the way of adopting my hon. Friend's suggestion, but I will arrange for the matter to be reexamined.
§ Sir D. THOMSON
Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that a reduction of these charges would be most welcome to men in a very hardly-pressed industry at the present time?
§ Mr. SHINWELL
Is there any reason why fishermen should be treated differently from the men in the Mercantile Marine?
§ Mr. GARRO JONES
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that Aberdeen is the only port at which these fees are charged; that the total amount does not amount to more than £1,000 per annum; and, in view of the great irritation aroused by the charging of these frequent fees, does he not think that it would be a wise policy to abolish them altogether?
§ Mr. MACQUISTEN
Does the right hon. Gentleman not realise that such a charge on the men of Aberdeen will be felt there more than in any other parts of Scotland?