§ 129. Mr. Emrys Hughes
asked the President of the Board of Trade what steps he is taking to increase the exports of cured herring to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and other East European countries.
§ Mr. P. Thorneycroft
As regards Russia, I would refer the hon. Member to the statement made yesterday by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland in reply to a Private Notice Question by my hon. Friend the Member for East Aberdeenshire (Mr. Boothby) about the contract concluded with the Soviet Trade Delegation in London for the sale of about £850,000 worth of cured herring. This is the counterpart of a purchase of Russian canned salmon and crab to an equivalent value. So far this year it has not been possible to arrange sales of herring to other countries in Eastern Europe.