HC Deb 02 June 1938 vol 336 c2241
72. Mr. Windsor

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is now in a position to make a pronouncement with regard to the Northern Waters (Restriction) Order so as to relieve the anxieties of those engaged in the industry?

Mr. Ramsbotham

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given on 19th May to a question by Private Notice on this subject by my hon. Friend the Member for South-West Kingston-upon-Hull (Mr. Law). The question whether the Order should continue to apply to the month of August is still under consideration and my right hon. Friend regrets that he is not at present in a position to make a statement.

Mr. Windsor

If I put a question down in two or three weeks' time, will the Minister be able to give any information on this matter, as there is a good deal of urgency about it, particularly in Hull, Grimsby and ports of that kind?

Mr. Ramsbotham

My right hon. Friend hopes to be able to make a statement shortly.

Mr. Shinwell

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that in the meantime this embargo is having a serious effect on fish fryers, and that representations are being made to hon. Members to see whether anything can be done?

Mr. Ramsbotham

I can assure the hon. Member that no time will be lost in making a statement.

Mr. Mander

Why was so little notice given to the people engaged in the industry? It was only a week, and caused great inconvenience.

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