asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he can arrange to give the inshore fishermen of Orkney better protection against trawlers than they have at present?
The question of additional protection in Orkney waters was carefully considered by the Fishery Board last autumn, and as a result a hired drifter was specially detailed for patrolling those waters during the period from October to March when illegal trawling is most likely to occur. I am informed that the local fishermen have expressed appreciation of this arrangement and its renewal next winter will be considered. During the present summer the regular fishery cruiser has been Instructed to pay full attention to the protection of Orkney waters.
Is my right hon. Friend satisfied that the number of fishery cruisers is sufficient to provide adequate protection against illegal trawling?
In view of the questions now being asked on this subject, is the right hon. Gentleman now prepared to proceed with the building of the third fishery cruiser, and so complete the number of new cruisers which was the original programme of the Fishery Board?