HC Deb 19 November 1951 vol 494 cc11-2W
88. Major Anstruther-Gray

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the concern caused to those engaged in the fishing industry by the rise in prices over the last six years; and whether he has any proposals to meet this situation.

Mr. H. Strauss

I am aware of the concern felt in the fishing industry at the large increases in prices of ropes, twines and fishing nets over the last six years. These increases are mainly attributable to the rises in prices of the imported raw materials from which these articles are made, namely sisal, manila and cotton, the cost of which is by far the biggest element in the manufacturers' total costs.

No substantial reduction in present prices of the finished articles can be expected until there is a substantial fall in world prices of the raw materials.

Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware of the increase in the cost of fishing gear; and what steps he is taking to bring it down so as to be within the means of the fishermen whose need in this matter is urgent.

Mr. H. Strauss

I would refer the hon. and learned Member to the reply I have given today to a similar Question by my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Berwick and East Lothian (Major Anstruther-Gray).