Herring Trade Association.

Oral Answers to Questions — Fishing Industry. – in the House of Commons at on 18 February 1929.

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Photo of Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy , Kingston upon Hull Central

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asked the Minister of Agriculture if he has knowledge of an association of fish curers and merchants which endeavours to prevent catchings and landings of fish; if he is aware that this is causing unemployment in the fishing industry as well as keeping up fish prices; and whether he proposes to take any action in the matter?

Mr. GUINNESS:

I understand that proposals have been made for the formation of a trade association embracing all branches of the herring industry, but I have no reason for believing that any operations are intended which would reduce profitable employment or discourage the catching of marketable fish.

Photo of Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy , Kingston upon Hull Central

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that all round the east coast of England and Scotland the herring fishing has stopped by the orders of this ring before the season is ended, and will he look into a matter that is so serious for the fishermen?

Mr. GUINNESS:

I shall look into it, but the chief object of the association, I presume, is to try to increase the supply of fish.

Photo of Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy , Kingston upon Hull Central

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that, so far, the association has prevented fishing?