HC Deb 16 February 1922 vol 150 cc1227-8W

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that German trawlers are landing fish at Aberdeen and other British ports for our markets to the great detriment of our own fishermen, of whom thousands have been unemployed for many months; and what steps, if any, the Fisheries Board of his Department propose to take to prevent this competition?


I am aware that several German trawlers have recently landed fish at Aberdeen and that one such trawler did so at North Shields on Tuesday last. There is, unfortunately, no doubt that, under present economic conditions, the competition of these and other foreign landings of fish is seriously felt by the British fishing industry, and tends to cause unemployment among British fishermen. In the existing state of the law, however, I am powerless to intervene.

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