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Lerwick Herring Catch (Disposal)

Volume 527: debated on Tuesday 4 May 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what arrangements have at present been made for the disposal of the Lerwick herring catch this summer.

Subject to supply and the negotiation of satisfactory prices, the Herring Industry Board factory will be used to capacity for kippering and quick freezing; and, as in previous years, the Board hope to make arrangements for the curing of all available herring of suitable quality. I am informed that a klondyking firm intend to operate at Lerwick; and the Board will buy surplus herring for reduction to oil and meal.

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether there is any un certainty about the klondyking and the curing? I missed the earlier part of his answer, so I am not sure whether this is a pious hope or whether he has some feeling of security about it?

It depends on the conditions and the hopes of disposing of the catch but, all being well, it is the intention of the klondyking firm to operate at Lerwick, and I hope they will do so.