Fishing Industry

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 22nd April 1970.

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Mr. W. H. K. Baker:

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is satisfied with the progress made in the fishing industry in Scotland with regard to catching power; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr Norman Buchan Mr Norman Buchan , Renfrewshire West

I am reasonably satisfied with the steady growth overall in the weight and value of the Scottish catch.

Mr. Baker:

Will the Minister say what specific proposals he has for increasing commercial fishing by the Scottish fishing fleet, particularly in relation to the letter which I recently sent to him?

Photo of Mr Norman Buchan Mr Norman Buchan , Renfrewshire West

I have received a large number of letters from the hon. Gentleman in the last few days, and I do not know which one he is referring to. [Laughter.] I mean this genuinely. The White Fish Authority has launched a publicity scheme which will help on the market side, and our increase of grants and loans on vessels to the 90 per cent. level should help on the catching side.