HC Deb 11 November 1947 vol 444 c185
26. Colonel J. R. H. Hutchison

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether any report of the Seaweed Research Association is now available; and whether any commercial production has resulted.

The Secretary of State for Scotland (Mr. Woodburn)

I am sending the hon. and gallant Member copies of the reports issued by the Scottish Seaweed Research Association for the years 1945 and 1946. The collection of seaweed by crofters and its sale for commercial purposes are being organised by the Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society as well as by a private company. A provisional board is examining further possibilities of commercial developments.

Colonel Hutchison

Has this already resulted in any commercial exploitation?

Mr. Woodburn

Yes, Sir. The crofters have been gathering the seaweed for the last three years. The quantity is not as great as we might have hoped, but we are hoping that further research will make the whole scheme appear more lucrative and attractive to those engaged in it.

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