HC Deb 06 March 1947 vol 434 cc620-1
3. Air-Commodore Harvey

asked the President of the Board of Trade what steps he is taking for providing additional cotton for making up of herring fishing nets.

Sir S. Cripps

No representations have been received from herring net manufacturers as to any particular shortage of cotton yarn, and, consequently, no special steps have been taken.

Air-Commodore Harvey

Is the Minister aware that net manufacturers are quoting 12 to 15 months delivery, and, in view of the urgent necessity of producing more food at home, will he look into this matter again, because we must make the best of what we have around our shores?

Sir S. Cripps

It has been looked into, but it is not due to a shortage of cotton yarn.

Mr. J. J. Robertson

Will the Minister look into the extraordinarily high percentage of exports of herring fishing nets, and will he, in considering this matter, also give attention to the extraordinarily high cost of fishing gear generally, with a view to bringing them within reasonable limits?

Sir S. Cripps

I am afraid that is not a matter for me to look into; it is for the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries.