HC Deb 10 November 1949 vol 469 cc1390-1
46. Mr. Douglas Marshall

asked the Minister of Agriculture how many vessels have been built with the assistance of the Inshore Fishing Industries Act, 1945, during 1949; and what was the total amount granted and lent under that Act up to the nearest available date.

The Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Thomas Williams)

Forty fishing vessels have been built in Scotland and 29 in England and Wales this year under the Inshore Fishing Industry Act, 1945. The total amounts granted and lent under the Act to 1st November, 1949, in Scotland were £529,993 and £895,852 respectively, and in England and Wales £169,249 and £305,260.

Mr. Marshall

Has there been any alteration in policy with regard to this Act whereby vessels that are not new cannot come within the terms of the Act? Also when there are two joint owners of one fishing vessel, one of whom leaves and no longer wishes to fish, can the remaining owner obtain help under this Act?

Mr. Williams

In reply to the hon. Member's first supplementary question, I know of no change such as that which he indicated. I should require notice of the second part of his supplementary question.

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