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British Markets (Danish Fish)

Volume 155: debated on Thursday 15 June 1922

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will state, in view of the fact that 25,677 tons of Danish and Icelandic fish was landed in British markets in 1921 as against 9,573 in 1913, what steps the Government proposes to take to prevent this increased foreign landing by national's who are restricting the liberty of the British fishing vessels and their crews?

I have been asked to reply. So far as I have been able to ascertain, the quantity of fish landed, directly or indirectly, in British ports by Danish nationals was, in round figures, 16,500 tons in 1913 and 32,000 tons in 1921. I have reason to think that, these figures are substantially correct. I am in communication with my Noble Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs with reference to the difficulties placed in the way of British vessels fishing in the neighbourhood of Iceland.