HC Deb 21 February 1940 vol 357 cc1374-5W
Mr. R. Gibson

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that there is much discontent among Clyde fishermen owing to delay in receiving payments in respect of the requisitioning of their fishing boats, and what action he is taking in connection therewith; and whether, in further requisitioning, he will, as far as possible, take only one of two boats that are accustomed to fish in pairs?

Mr. Churchill

I am assured that there has been no avoidable delay in making payments for the hire of Clyde fishing boats, but I have given instructions that punctuality must be maintained. Payments on account are being made in all cases, although some of the owners concerned have failed to submit claims. When it is possible to leave behind one of two boats that are accustomed to fishing in pairs, this will always be done.

Mr. Sloan

asked the Minister of Shipping the amount to be paid to Ayrshire owners of fishing craft requisitioned by the Admiralty; and when a definite settlement is to be made with the owners?

Sir J. Gilmour

I hope to be able to reach a definite settlement before long. I am ready to pursue negotiations with the representatives of owners of fishing craft requisitioned for Admiralty service, and meanwhile I am making monthly payments on account of hire.