§ Mr. Windsor
asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware of the serious hardship of those engaged in the fishing industry; and whether he proposes to take any action that will ensure the continued working of trawlers to prevent further unemployment occurring in the industry?
§ Sir R. Dorman-Smith
I am aware of, and greatly regret the hardship caused to those engaged in the fishing industry as a result of war. I am, however, doing everything in my power to maintain production. The hon. Member will realise that the reduction in the number of trawlers engaged in fishing is due to the requirements of national defence, which must continue to have priority.