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Herring Fishing (Research)

Volume 436: debated on Tuesday 15 April 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is aware of the complete failure of the winter fishing season in the Firth of Forth; and whether in view of the disappointing record of recent years, he will undertake a scientific inquiry to discover, if possible, the reasons for the failure.

Yes, Sir. I am aware of the very poor results obtained from the herring fishing in the Firth of Forth this year and I am endeavouring to get the necessary qualified staff to make it possible to carry out research in this area. To enable me to do this work I am also having the newly acquired herring research vessel refitted for this purpose.