asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is aware that, owing to the difference between Scottish and English law, the White Fish Authority has to limit aid on the capital cost of new developments to Scottish industrialists, as Scottish law does not acknowledge movables as security as is the case in England; and what action he proposes to take to overcome this handicap to the Scottish fishing industry.
While appreciating the great difficulty in this matter, may I ask my right hon. Friend if it is not true that the Legal Department has been considering it for a very long time, and that it involves a much greater question than only the White Fish Authority, because it applies to all Scottish industry? Will my right hon. Friend therefore also investigate these wider possibilities?
As my hon. Friend has said, the widest possible implications are raised by her supplementary question, and I assure her that the difficulties arising out of the present situation have been looked at for a considerable period of years and that no clear solution has yet been found. We have explored the particular point raised in her first question with the Authority, and we are trying to see whether we can get round it in any other way.