HC Deb 05 February 1957 vol 564 cc213-4
4. Sir R. Boothby

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will now announce the policy of Her Majesty's Government with regard to the herring fishing industry.

Lord John Hope

The Government are considering certain proposals by the Herring Industry Board, but my right hon. Friend is not yet ready to make a statement.

Sir R. Boothby

Does my hon. Friend realise that the position of the herring industry at the moment is bad and is rapidly deteriorating? Does he realise the urgent necessity of announcing whatever policy the Government have in mind well before the commencement of the summer fishing?

Lord John Hope

Yes, Sir. I am well aware of the extreme seriousness of the position.

Mr. Edward Evans

Is the hon. Member aware of the disastrous results, very important to the East Anglian herring fishing in the last two seasons, of the attraction of the white fish trawling industry which deflects men from the herring industry? That difficulty is due to the subsidy provisions under the White Fish Authority scheme. Will he consider using a similar incentive for herring fishing to recruit and retain men in that industry?

Lord John Hope

I can say no more than I have said. We are fully aware of the seriousness of the situation.

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