HC Deb 05 June 1951 vol 488 cc789-90
14. Mr. John MacLeod

asked the Secretary for Scotland under what circumstances fishermen are now eligible for grants under the Herring Industry Act, 1944, towards the cost of constructing herring fishing boats.

The Joint Under-Secretary of State for Scotland (Mr. Thomas Fraser)

Grants may be made on the recommendation of the Herring Industry Board in accordance with the arrangements approved by the Treasury. Applications are considered in the light of the individual circumstances, and also of the prevailing conditions in the fishing industry. For some time grants have been given only in exceptional cases.

Mr. MacLeod

Have the Government altered their policy here? Are they not giving grants when they would have given grants a few months ago?

Mr. Fraser

That is so, because the prevailing conditions in the industry have changed somewhat between the two periods.

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