Herring Industry

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

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Photo of Mr Robert Boothby Mr Robert Boothby , Aberdeenshire and Kincardineshire Eastern 12:00 am, 2nd March 1948

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he proposes to introduce legislation to give effect to the request of the Herring Industry Board for additional powers.

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

This matter is at present under consideration.

Photo of Mr Robert Boothby Mr Robert Boothby , Aberdeenshire and Kincardineshire Eastern

Is the Secretary of State aware that it has been under consideration by the Government for well over a year, and that the matter is extremely urgent? When is a decision likely to be reached?

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

I may say that the matter is under rapidly maturing consideration.

Photo of Mr Edward Evans Mr Edward Evans , Lowestoft

Is not my right hon. Friend aware that the lack of coordination in the industry is due to the lack of disciplinary action by the Herring Industry Board, and does he appreciate the necessity for getting more discipline on the Scots element as quickly as possible?

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

The Government must tackle practical things, and the disciplining of Scots is not one of these.