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Requisitioned Fishing Vessels

Volume 411: debated on Wednesday 13 June 1945

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport if he is aware of the bitter feelings among Scottish fishermen at the Government's action in handing over motor fishing vessels to the Italian Government, while refusing to pay fair compensation to Scottish owners of such vessels, many of which were sunk by Italian warships and aeroplanes in the Mediterranean during the war; and what action the Government proposes to take to meet the legitimate claims of fishermen-owners in this respect.

No fishing vessels have been handed over to the Italian Government, or to Italian individuals, and so far as I am aware, no Scottish fishing vessels were sent to the Mediterranean during the war.