Fishing Vessels (Construction)

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st January 1976.

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Photo of Sir John Gilmour Sir John Gilmour , Fife East 12:00 am, 21st January 1976

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many fishing vessels are at present being built in Scottish boat yards.

Photo of Mr Hugh Brown Mr Hugh Brown , Glasgow Provan

Forty-three fishing vessels are currently being built with assistance from public funds. There are also, I understand, two being built speculatively and four for export.

Photo of Sir John Gilmour Sir John Gilmour , Fife East

Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the present state of the fishing industry does not give confidence for the continued placing of orders for new fishing vessels, and will he take urgent steps to formulate a really effective fishing policy in the light of present circumstances?

Photo of Mr Hugh Brown Mr Hugh Brown , Glasgow Provan

Yes, I would agree. I am concerned about the level of work in the boatbuilding industry, which has obviously reflected the uncertainty and, indeed, the difficult fishing years of 1974 and 1975. However, I think that the current scene on the catching side is improving and will ultimately lead to improvement on the building side as well.