Mr William Stewart: In view of the very long delay, can my hon. Friend give any indication when we may expect this Measure?
Mr William Stewart: Does the hon. Gentleman realise that local authorities do not understand the position?
Mr William Stewart: Will the hon. Gentleman give this assurance, that he is prepared to support the cost of a survey for any bridge that is considered reasonable?
Mr William Stewart: In view of the very great importance of this industry to Scotland, will the right hon. Gentleman consider expediting these various inquiries and assisting the trade, especially in view of the fact that the death-rate of sheep and lambs in some parts of Scotland reaches a figure as high as 10 per cent.?
Mr William Stewart: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that those of us who have to travel on this line regard it as almost a public scandal, and will he ask for powers from Parliament to deal with this very serious matter?
Mr William Stewart: I am most grateful to my hon. and gallant Friend. The statement he has just made will be read with great pleasure to-morrow in Scotland and in Yarmouth. But it is an exact confirmation of my point. My hon. and gallant Friend started to do that particular work some weeks ago. He says that it is going to be ready by the time the season begins in June—
Mr William Stewart: Well, I will make it, May if my hon. and gallant Friend likes. My own experience is that, even in the case of an old-established firm, with branches already in all parts of the world and with a highly trained staff, it takes a long time. In the case of this new Herring Board, which has nothing to begin with—no experience, no staff and no agents anywhere—is it not going to take all the...
Mr William Stewart: The hon. Gentleman is no doubt speaking of his own area, and he will perhaps permit me to say that in the Fife area we are enjoying at the moment the greatest measure of employment in coal mining that we have experienced since the War, and we exported last week the largest amount of coal since 1918.
Mr William Stewart: 28. asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has considered the objections to the Harbours, Piers, and Ferries (Scotland) Bill, as stated by the Fife County Council in their representations to the Scottish Fishery Board; and whether he proposes to make any changes in the Bill in view of the arguments there stated?
Mr William Stewart: Does the right hon. Gentleman not consider that perhaps the better way of relieving the distress in the industry would be for the Government to introduce measures for the complete reorganisation of the herring trade?
Mr William Stewart: 38. asked the Minister of Agriculture if the Milk, Pigs, and Bacon Boards intend to publish reports on their first year's working similar to the report recently published by the Potato Marketing Board?
Mr William Stewart: Would my right hon. Friend, in order to allay the natural fears and remove the misunderstanding which undoubtedly exists, consider sending a responsible official of his Department to meet the University Court and the town council and give them full particulars and details and discuss the matter with them frankly?
Mr William Stewart: 41. asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has considered the recommendation of the Fishery Board for Scotland relating to the experimental delineation of the Firth of Forth for the more harmonious and efficient prosecution of herring fishing by drift and ring-net boats during the winter season; and what action he proposes to take in the matter?
Mr William Stewart: Before the right hon. Gentleman takes a decision, and a decision contrary to the recommendations of the Fishery Board, will he meet a deputation representing the united interests of the drift-net fishermen of the Firth of Forth and elsewhere?
Mr William Stewart: 39. asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether the committee, of inquiry has yet furnished its report on the bracken question in Scotland?
Mr William Stewart: In order to assist the sheep farming industry in Scotland might not the interim findings of the Committee be now published, so as to be available for advice and consultation in reference to next year's work?
Mr William Stewart: 40. asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps are being taken to improve the position of the poultry industry in Scotland in view of the unprofitable season through which poultry-keepers have just passed?
Mr William Stewart: To complete the borings.
Mr William Stewart: 40. asked the Postmaster-General whether he is reconsidering the scale of wages paid to lower grade postal workers; what possibilities exist for increasing the pay of postmen and when he expects to be in a position to announce the results of his further negotiations on the matter with the Postal Workers' Union?
Mr William Stewart: Do we understand that these discussions will include postmen and lower-paid postal workers?