§ Mr. Wolrige-Gordon
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the number of employees working for the Herring Industry Board in 1946; what it is today; and whether their numbers vary in accordance with the numbers of the fishing fleet.
§ Mr. Noble
The Herring Industry Board has informed me that in 1946 it employed 34 non-industrial staff. Today the board employs 68 permanent non-industrial and about 114 industrial staff. Of this latter figure 54 are employed more or less on a permanent footing, the balance of 60 being employed according to need and this depends both on the supplies of suitable herring and on the market for the product.
Whilst the Board is unable to give figures of industrial staff for 1946 the number must have been relatively few since at that time the board neither owned nor operated any refrigeration and oil and meal plants.