asked the Secretary for Scotland if he is aware that Danish and Norwegian trawlers frequently fish in the Moray Firth, in defiance of the Order prohibiting such fishing, and that no prosecution of such foreign trawlers has been made; that native trawlers axe subjected to heavy penalties for this offence; and will he take steps to have the law enforced against foreign as well as native fishermen?
My right hon Friend is aware that foreign trawlers occasionally visit the Moray Firth, but none of Norwegian or Danish nationality have been observed for some years. The reply to the second part of the question is in the affirmative. Owing to international considerations, the course proposed by my hon. and learned Friend presents grave difficulties, and my right hon. Friend is not in a position to give the undertaking which he desires.