HC Deb 01 March 1951 vol 484 cc2272-3
14. Mr. Douglas Marshall

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will ensure, in his discussions with the Minister of Agriculture and the Secretary of State for Scotland, that the inshore fishing industry will be allocated sufficient manila rope.

Mr. H. Wilson

I am now discussing with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland and the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries arrangements for the distribution of the manila fibre specifically authorised for the manufacture of fishing gear for use by the home fishing industry. In these discussions the interests of the inshore fishing industry are being fully taken into account.

Mr. Edward Evans

Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind the interests of the near-water fishermen, having regard to the fact that the long distance section of the industry have declared that they require no financial assistance under the Sea Fish Industry Bill?

Mr. Wilson

As my hon. Friend is aware, an allocation of dollars has been made available to bring in these supplies and my right hon. Friends and I are discussing the allocation among the different sections of the fishing industry.

Mr. Henderson Stewart

Can the right hon. Gentleman say what quantity of manila rope is likely to be made available under this scheme to the fishing industry?

Mr. Wilson

I cannot announce that; it will not be clear until the contract has been completed.

Mr. Marshall

When discussions have been concluded, will the right hon. Gentleman make a statement about the matter?

Mr. Wilson

Yes, Sir.