At the present time the Herring Industry Board have power to build vessels only for experimental purposes. The Board inform me that they are having two 65-foot motor fishing vessels built for this purpose and that an order has been placed for them with a firm at Granton.
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if it is his intention to submit to the Ship Building Committee set up by the Admiralty proposals for the building of a number of Admiralty vessels suitable for the fishing industry, to be used in the first instance either by the Admiralty or by fishermen on a system of charter; and if he will consult the fishing industry before making such representations.
Is not my right hon. Friend aware that in the recent Debate on the Admiralty Estimates a representative of the Government at the conclusion of the Debate said it was open to the Scottish Office to make such representations as I am here making, and why does he turn down that suggestion?
I suggest that if there is anything further in connection with this that my hon. Friend wants to know, his question ought to be put to the First Lord of the Admiralty. I would point out that all the facilities available for the building of motor fishing vessels are fully engaged on such building.
Is not the right hon. Gentleman aware that this is a matter which concerns future building, and as he is responsible for a fishing industry in Scotland and for fishing vessels, why does he decline to act upon his responsibilities and take an interest in this very important matter?
I certainly take an interest in everything pertaining to fishing and to those who live and are employed in Scotland. There is no use putting forward further proposals at the present moment because, as I have pointed out, all the slipways are full.