HC Deb 21 February 1939 vol 344 cc172-3
5. Lieut.-Colonel

Heneage asked the President of the Board of Trade the tonnage, weight, and value of fish brought to British ports in foreign trawlers since the voluntary laying up of British trawlers; and the corresponding figures for last year?

Mr. Stanley

During the year 1938, imports into the United Kingdom of fish of all kinds (not of British taking) landed direct from deep sea fisheries amounted to 403,000 cwts. of a declared value of £445,000. The corresponding imports during 1937 were 408,000 cwts., valued at £415,000.

Lieut.-Colonel Heneage

Will my right hon. Friend when he visits Berlin bear in mind this increase and the fact that we have British trawlers laid up?

Mr. Stanley

We shall be mindful of the question of the fishing industry in any negotiations.

Mr. George Griffiths

How much fish was thrown back into the sea after being caught by British ships?

Mr. Charles Williams

Do those figures include all foreign fish landed here, or what does my right hon. Friend mean by the term "deep sea fisheries"?

Mr. Stanley

I mean fish coming from the deep sea.

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