HC Deb 15 April 1914 vol 61 cc178-9W

asked the Secretary for Scotland if he has received complaints regarding the conditions under which the fisher girls of Scotland engaged in the herring-curing industry carry on their occupation; whether complaints are made of the want of proper accommodation on the steamers by which they are sent to the Shetland fishing, and also of the exposure to which they are subject in fish-curing yards, especially at Lowestoft; whether the yards at the latter place belong to be corporation; and whether he has made representations regarding such complaints to the Board of Trade and Corporation of Lowestoft?


I have received complaints and other communications in regard to the subjects referred to by the hon. Baronet. I am not in a position to say whether the fish-curing yards at Lowestoft belong to the corporation, but I have forwarded copies of the communications which have reached me to the Secretary of State for the Home Department and the President of the Board of Trade, who indicated in replies given to the hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland on the 6th instant the steps which are being taken in regard to the matter so far as their respective Departments are concerned.