It is too soon to be very optimistic about this matter. There are some extremely exciting possibilities if the difficulties of deep sea fishing can be got round. The shoals of blue whiting that have been discovered are very extensive.
Is it not opportune to congratulate our fishery scientists on locating this huge new fishery off Rockall? Will my hon. Friend confirm the sensational size of the potential yield of this fishery? Is this not welcome news for our fishing industry and, indeed, for the British housewife?
Yes, Sir. I confirm that our scientists estimate the stocks of blue whiting to be about 1 million tons. There are practical difficulties in both catching and filleting, but I believe that they can be overcome in this age of the white heat of the technological revolution.