HC Deb 10 May 1938 vol 335 cc1386-7
3. Sir Douglas Thomson

asked the Secretary for Mines the approximate annual consumption of coal used by the fleet of herring drifters working from the United Kingdom?

Captain Crookshank

I am advised that the Herring Industry Board estimate that herring drifters working from the United Kingdom use approximately 150,000 tons of coal per annum.

Sir D. Thomson

Has my hon. and gallant Friend considered the statement recently issued by the Government that they were going to give a subsidy for herring drifters driven by motor power, and will not that be very serious to the coal industry?