HC Deb 06 April 1948 vol 449 cc12-3
26. Mr. Henderson Stewart

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is aware of the delay in negotiating a contract with the Control Commission for Germany for the purchase of 1948 cure of herrings; that this delay is slowing up curers' preparations for the coming fishing season; and what steps he is taking to secure an early settlement.

Mr. J. J. Robertson

Negotiations for the supply of cured herring to Germany are at present in progress and I hope that it will be possible to make an announcement at an early date. I am informed by the Herring Industry Board that, in order to enable curers to complete their preparations with more assurance, the Board are willing to purchase the whole of this year's production of cured herring.

Mr. Henderson Stewart

Can the Under-Secretary explain to the House the reason for this inordinate delay, the damaging results of which I am sure he thoroughly understands?

Mr. Robertson

There is no undue delay in the matter. In view of the fact that the Herring Board have given an assurance that the whole of this year's catch will be purchased by them, the matter does not arise.

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