Pout Box

Message from the Queen – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 14th March 1979.

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Photo of Mr Jo Grimond Mr Jo Grimond , Orkney and Shetland 12:00 am, 14th March 1979

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what progress is being made on extending the pout box.

Photo of Mr Hugh Brown Mr Hugh Brown , Glasgow Provan

I share the right hon. Gentleman's wish to see the pout box extended northwards to 61°N, and we have made this clear to the European Commission. We now await the outcome of a study by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, which may provide the basis for a new measure.

Photo of Mr Jo Grimond Mr Jo Grimond , Orkney and Shetland

I am grateful to the Minister for that answer, which follows representations made to him at a meeting with the Orkney and Shetland representatives. Can he give any indication of the timing, because the matter is becoming urgent? When does he expect to make further progress?

Photo of Mr Hugh Brown Mr Hugh Brown , Glasgow Provan

A report from the working group is with the international council at the moment. As soon as that is submitted to the European Commission we shall be able to decide whether there are grounds for pressing our claim.

Photo of Mr Hugh Brown Mr Hugh Brown , Glasgow Provan

That does not arise out of this question. As the hon. Member knows, it is only one of a number of aspects of conservation measures which we will be pursuing at the appropriate time.