HC Deb 28 May 1941 vol 371 cc1861-2
72. Mr. Sloan

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will state the herring landings on the Firth of Clyde for the year ended March, 1941, as compared to the years ended March, 1940 and 1939?

The Joint Under-Secretary of State for Scotland (Mr. Westwood)

Statistics on fish landings are not being published, and it would not be in the public interest to give the information desired by my hon. Friend.

Mr. Sloan

In the public interest, could not the hon. Gentleman tell us whether he is destroying the fish trade in the Firth of Clyde?

Mr. Westwood

That does not arise out of the Question that was originally put.

Mr. Sloan

As the hon. Gentleman refuses to give us the information, Mr. Speaker, can you tell me how I can secure it?

Mr. Speaker

The Minister has not refused to give information. He said the question did not arise.

Mr. Sloan

With regard to the original Question, he definitely refused to give information. Can you not tell me how I can extract it from him?