HC Deb 23 November 1978 vol 958 cc738-9W
Mr. Beith

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received from processors and merchants in the herring industry about their need to develop cold storage facilities in order to cope with the uncertain supply of herring; and whether he has any proposals to assist the industry.

Mr. Hugh D. Brown

None. The Herring Buyers' Association has, however, pointed out in discussion with officials that the use of imported fish for processing involves additional cold storage costs. The Government are considering whether the herring processors might be helped in their difficulties over the scarcity of home-caught fish.