HC Deb 18 May 1950 vol 475 cc1387-8
52. Mr. Douglas Marshall

asked the Minister of Agriculture how many fishing vessels were laid up for the week ended 13th May.

Mr. T. Williams

In Great Britain on 13th May, 156 fishing vessels, including 16 seine net vessels, were laid up. In addition, some 159 ring net vessels and 250 Scottish herring drifters were kept in port pending the outcome of discussions with the Herring Industry Board about the prices to be paid for herring in the 1950 summer season.

Mr. D. Marshall

Is the Minister aware of the anxiety that this is causing, and can he tell us how soon he may be able to make a statement? Has he consulted his colleague the Minister of Food about the regulation of foreign imports?

Mr. Williams

I should have thought that the hon. Member would have heard the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister a few moments ago.

Mr. Marshall

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the Prime Minister made no suggestion as to how soon he would be able to make a statement?

Mr. Williams

Neither do I.

Mr. Charles Williams

Was not the Prime Minister's answer wholly unsympathetic to the fishing industry?

Mr. T. Williams

No, Sir.