White Fish

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd February 1972.

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Photo of Mr Iain Sproat Mr Iain Sproat , Aberdeen South 12:00 am, 2nd February 1972

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the value of the white fish catch by the Scottish inshore fleet during 1971.

Photo of Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith , North Angus and Mearns

The value of white fish landed in Scotland by British vessels under 80 ft. in length in 1971 was £15,467,047. This was an increase of 35 per cent. over the previous year.

Photo of Mr Iain Sproat Mr Iain Sproat , Aberdeen South

Does not my hon. Friend agree that this record catch reflects the strength of the Scottish fishing industry, particularly in relation to its European competitors?

Photo of Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith , North Angus and Mearns

There is little doubt that the Scottish fishing industry is in extremely good heart at present. It is interesting to note that the number of boats completed last year was the highest since 1961. On this basis of competitive strength, the industry has no need to fear entry into the European Economic Community.

Photo of Mr Donald Stewart Mr Donald Stewart , Na h-Eileanan an Iar

Does not that excellent figure highlight the lack of foresight and wisdom of those hon. Members representing fishing constituencies who voted for entry into the E.E.C. when this will mean that in 1983 these fishings will disappear?

Photo of Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith , North Angus and Mearns

There are none so deaf as those who will not listen. If the hon. Gentleman would study the agreement in relation to 1982 and not mislead the fishing industry, he would see that the industry has little to fear and that the British Government are well able, if they so wish, to protect the interests of the industry at that time.