§ Mr. MILLAR
asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department what steps have been taken by his Department to institute inquiries as to the opening up of new markets for cured herrings in Europe and in other parts of the world; and whether the inquiries made in previous years through the questionnaire issued by the Fishery Board for Scotland, which was circulated by his Department, have been followed up with a view to the development of the export trade in herrings?
§ Mr. W. R. SMITH
At the request of the Fishery Board for Scotland the Department has in past years conducted inquiries into various markets for cured herring in Europe and other parts of the world. The results of these inquiries were transmitted to the Fishery Board for Scotland for the use of the fishery interests. The overseas officers of the Department have also been able to render assistance to a representative of the Fishery Board for Scotland, who has from time to time conducted investigations in a number of European countries.1608W
The Department of Overseas Trade is maintaining close contact with the industry in order to decide in consultation with the Fishery Board the most suitable action which can be taken on the basis of the present conditions to repeat or extend the former investigations into marketing possibilities abroad.