HC Deb 04 December 1919 vol 122 cc644-5W

asked the Secretary for Scotland whether he can see his way, in view of the announcement of the Government of refusal of further assistance in the sale of cured herrings, to appoint a Committee to inquire into the whole subject of the future of the cured herring industry, with particular reference to the conditions of the Russian and German markets, and to the possibility of securing new markets?


The existing difficulties are essentially due, not to any lack of demand for cured herrings in Continental countries, but to general financial and political conditions in those countries which affect the herring trade in common with many other industries. The export trade in cured herrings is in the hands of enterprising firms who may be relied upon to size every opportunity of opening new markets or reviving old ones as circumstances permit. The members of the industry are in close touch with the Fishery Departments and with the Departments concerned in export trade, who are prepared to co-operate with, them fully. In present circumstances, and after conferring with the President of the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries, I do not consider that there is any sufficient purpose to be gained by appointing a Committee as suggested.

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