HC Deb 30 November 1948 vol 458 c1795
21. Mr. Edward Evans

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether the Herring Industry Board have any plans for the development of the mechanically driven net roller, recently used in the drifter-trawler "Dauntless Star" at Lowestoft, when 100 cran of herring and 80 nets were hauled aboard in record time; and whether every encouragement and assistance will be given to extend the use of labour saving devices in the herring fishing industry.

Mr. Woodburn

The Herring Industry Board are always anxious to encourage the extension and development of suitable labour-saving devices in the herring industry; they are at present investigating the subject of mechanically driven net rollers such as that installed in the motor drifter "Dauntless Star," but are not yet in a position to state their conclusions.

Mr. Evans

Are the Herring Industry Board competent to make grants to individual drifters in respect of any invention which comes out as a labour saving device?

Mr. Woodburn

I should like notice of that question.

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