The Herald - - OPINION -

25 YEARS AGO EC trade min­is­ters are to­day ex­pected to agree on new laws to pre­serve the Bri­tish potato crisp from EC in­ter­fer­ence. Brus­sels Com­mis­sioner Martin Bange­mann had orig­i­nally pro­posed to ban the use in crisps of ar­ti­fi­cial sweet­en­ers, which would have meant that man­u­fac­tur­ers could no longer pro­duce pop­u­lar flavours such as sweet and sour and prawn cock­tail. In­tense pres­sure from Bri­tain forced Mr Bange­mann to back down, and to with­draw his claim that the crisps were a health threat. 50 YEARS AGO The Treasury an­nounce in con­nec­tion with the cut in the hol­i­day travel al­lowance that in ad­di­tion to the £50 per per­son there will be an al­lowance of £25 for a car and £15 for a mo­tor cy­cle. For the 12 months start­ing Novem­ber 1, the ba­sic al­lowance of £50 per per­son for pri­vate travel to coun­tries out­side the ster­ling area will have to cover all for­eign ex­change ex­pen­di­ture. 100 YEARS AGO We un­der­stand that the per­mit forms to travel in the pro­hib­ited area of Scot­land north and west of In­ver­ness will be ready in a few days.

They will be dis­trib­uted to the prin­ci­pal po­lice of­fices in Scot­land.

Per­sons de­sir­ing to en­ter the re­stricted area must ap­ply per­son­ally for a per­mit to the po­lice au­thor­i­ties of the place in which they are or­di­nar­ily res­i­dent, and must ac­com­pany their ap­pli­ca­tion with a pho­to­graph of them­selves. 150 YEARS AGO Ayr - Her­rings - On Wed­nes­day last the takes were very nu­mer­ous, the aver­age brought into the har­bour by each of the Ayr boats be­ing about 2000.

Early in the morn­ing the fish brought as high as 7s. 6d. per hun­dred, but to­wards the af­ter­noon they were sell­ing at 3s. 6d. Al­though the takes were not so large yes­ter­day as on Wed­nes­day, her­rings are still sell­ing at from 3s. to 3s. 6d. per hun­dred.

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