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Herring Shoals (Location by Helicopter)

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th April 1957.

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Photo of Mr Robert Boothby Mr Robert Boothby , Aberdeenshire East 12:00 am, 16th April 1957

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will arrange for an experiment to be carried out for the location of herring shoals in the North Sea by means of helicopters.

Photo of Hon. John Maclay Hon. John Maclay , Renfrewshire West

I am considering, in consultation with the Herring Industry Board, proposals which have been put forward by a private firm for a trial in the summer.

Photo of Mr Robert Boothby Mr Robert Boothby , Aberdeenshire East

Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that it is absolutely vital that herring should be found in the North Sea this year? Otherwise, the herring industry may pack up altogether. My right hon. Friend must neglect no possible method— by air, on the sea, and, if necessary, under the sea—of finding, them.

Photo of Mr William Ross Mr William Ross , Kilmarnock

Will the right hon. Gentleman, after he has tried this out—and we hope that it will be a success—use the same method to locate the missing members of the Scottish Grand Committee?