§ Sir B. Neven-Spence
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is aware that during the 1947 herring fishing season the average number of nets lost per boat at Lowestoft by the Scots and English drifters, respectively, was 7.5 and 87.7; and whether he can explain this discrepancy.
§ Mr. Woodburn
The average losses of nets according to figures given by the boat owners are as stated in the Question. Losses of nets depend on a number of variable factors, and I regret I am unable to explain the figures.