Housing (Fishermen)

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd March 1948.

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Photo of Sir James Henderson-Stewart Sir James Henderson-Stewart , Fife Eastern 12:00 am, 2nd March 1948

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what action he has taken on the representations made by town councils of fishing burghs for priority in materials and manpower to be accorded to the building of houses for fishermen.

Photo of Mr Arthur Woodburn Mr Arthur Woodburn , Clackmannan and Eastern

No special preference is given to the housing of fishermen, because the manning of the industry does not in general involve the movement of families from one locality to another, as is so often the case in mining, agriculture and certain industries in the Development Areas. I am, however, prepared to consider the special circumstances of particular fishing areas, where it can be shown that the lack of houses is in fact hampering necessary recruitment from other areas.

Photo of Mr Michael Maitland Stewart Mr Michael Maitland Stewart , Fulham East

Does the Minister accept the principle that fishermen, being food producers, are entitled to the same privileges as agricultural workers?

Photo of Mr Arthur Woodburn Mr Arthur Woodburn , Clackmannan and Eastern

We certainly appreciate the importance of fishermen and the work they are doing, but most of them are working from their own places, and there is not the same necessity for rapid recruitment to the fishing industry as there is in the case of mining and agriculture.