§ Mr. Leslie
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is aware that the catch of herring around the Shetland coast this season is only half of what it was at the same period last season, due, as the fishermen believe, to the fact that there has been no aerial spotting of herring shoals as was the case last year; and will be consult the Herring Board and the Air Ministry with a view to instituting aerial spotting of herring without delay?
§ Mr. Colville
I am aware that so far the Shetland herring catch is considerably less than in 1938, but I am advised that the same conditions prevail at the other Scottish herring ports and are due to a general scarcity of herring. I am making inquiry on the last part of the question.