HC Deb 09 November 1937 vol 328 c1573
44. Mr. Boothby

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will make representations to the Governments of Germany, Poland, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, and the Baltic States with the object of increasing the sales of British herring to these countries?

Mr. Stanley

The importance which His Majesty's Government attach to the United Kingdom export trade in herring has, on several occasions, been brought to the notice of the Governments referred to by my hon. Friend; and I can assure him that no opportunity of improving the position of the industry will be overlooked.

Mr. Boothby

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the export of herring from this country, particularly to Russia and Finland, has fallen steadily of late, and will he satisfy himself that Russia and Finland are fulfilling their obligations under the trade agreements?

Mr. Stanley

Yes, Sir. I will certainly watch that very closely.

Mr. Gallacher

Is the Minister aware that while it is desirable that these Governments should increase their purchases of herring, it is also desirable that we should get the British Government to give more attention and support to the herring industry?