HC Deb 07 November 1955 vol 545 c159W
96. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware of the large demand in France for the import to France from Scotland of monk fish; that last year the request for facilities to export such fish from Scotland was rejected by the British Government and if he will explain the reason for this rejection; if he is aware that such exports and sales would bring French currency to Britain; and if he will now arrange that such exports from Scotland to France be permitted and facilitated.

Mr. Low

The Government very much appreciate the desirability of securing increased facilities for the sale of fish abroad, and they take every opportunity open to them to negotiate for larger quotas. The proposition, which I think the hon. and learned Member has in mind, would have involved unacceptable conditions, but the quota for the import of our fish into France was increased by 10 per cent. as the result of our negotiations last year with the French Government.