HC Deb 08 April 1937 vol 322 cc356-7
79. Sir George Harvey

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that practically the entire herring fishery off the east coast of Yorkshire is in Dutch hands, whereas it used to be carried on almost entirely by Scarborough trawlers; and whether there is any help that he can give to British trawlers to successfully compete with them?

The Minister of Agriculture (Mr. W. S. Morrison)

I have no reason to suppose that the decline in the landings of herrings at Scarborough is due to the operations of Dutch vessels off the Yorkshire coast. It is, I think, in the main due to causes which have affected the industry as a whole. With the decline of the foreign market for herrings there has been a tendency for the drifters which formerly visited Scarborough to concentrate on other ports affording better facilities for the curing and marketing of their product.