§ Mr. Grimond
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will abolish the monthly rule in regard to herring sent for meal and oil manufacture and substitute a flat-rate subsidy on every cran consigned.
§ Mr. Noble
No. The present arrangements under which the fishermen may, in addition to the operational subsidy, obtain a subsidy of 25s. per cran on herring sold for reduction to oil and meal within a limit of 20 per cent. of the total landings of herring in any month at particular ports, were arrived at after 229W discussion with the herring catchers' representatives and were subsequently prescribed in the Herring Subsidy (United Kingdom) Scheme, 1963, approved by Parliament last July and which terminates on 31st August. My right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and I will shortly be laying before Parliament our proposals in regard to herring subsidy—including oil and meal subsidy—as from 1st September next.