§ Lieut. - Commander KENWORTHY
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture the progress already made with the Minesweepers' 1546W Trawling Association; how many vessels are engaged in fishing under this scheme; how much capital has been subscribed; how many persons are employed by the association afloat and ashore, respectively; and whether the association is experiencing any difficulty in obtaining coal, ice, and stores for its members?
§ Sir J. CRAIG
I have been asked to reply to this question. The society has supplied the following information. The Minesweepers' Trawling Society has issued its prospectus and has held meetings at the principal trawling ports to explain the scheme to ex-service men and to enrol members. It has not yet undertaken fishing operations. Other matters, including the provision of working capital, are at present under consideration. The society does not anticipate any difficulty in obtaining coal and stores for its members, and as regard supply of ice will, no doubt, receive its fair share of the ice supply at the ports from which it operates.