HC Deb 09 November 1937 vol 328 cc1590-1
64. Mr. Anstruther-Gray

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether any and, if so, what steps have recently been taken to assist the development of the shell fisheries of Scotland; and, in particular, whether improved facilities are being provided for distributing Scottish-caught lobsters and clams to southern markets so as to encourage alternative employment for Scottish herring fishermen?

65. Major Neven-Spence

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will confer with the representatives of the fishing industry with a view to investigating the possibility of developing the lobster fishings on the west coast of Scotland so as to provide increased employment for Scottish fishermen after the close of the herring fishing season?

Mr. Elliot

The Fishery Board for Scotland recently issued a revised edition of their pamphlet containing practical advice to lobster fishermen on the catching, packing and marketing of lobsters. The Sea Fish Industry Bill, which was introduced last week provides machinery for the organisation of co-operative marketing schemes and for loans towards the initial expenses of such schemes. If any representatives of the fishing industry who are interested will get into touch with the Fishery Board for Scotland, their suggestions will be carefully considered.