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Fisheries

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 28th February 2006.

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Photo of Stephen Crabb Stephen Crabb Conservative, Preseli Pembrokeshire 2:30 pm, 28th February 2006

What recent discussions he has had with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the Scottish fishing industry.

Photo of David Cairns David Cairns Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Scotland Office

My right hon. Friend has had recent discussions with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on a range of issues.

Photo of Stephen Crabb Stephen Crabb Conservative, Preseli Pembrokeshire

Given that the common fisheries policy has failed so comprehensively to protect either the livelihoods of our fishermen or our fish stocks, what specific steps is the Minister taking to repatriate control of our fish stocks and to ensure that we have a viable fishing industry in the future?

Photo of David Cairns David Cairns Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Scotland Office

This is another example of the Conservatives and the SNP sharing exactly the same policy, and the hon. Gentleman really ought to question himself very closely whenever he finds that he and his party are occupying the same position as the SNP. During our presidency of the European Council, this Government achieved a good deal last December that will preserve marine stocks and the marine environment, and help the long-term future of the fishing industry. Calls to pull out of the common fisheries policy are a complete distraction from the real issue.