Fishing Industry: Visas for Non-EEA Citizens

Part of Petition - Home Education: Draft Guidance and Consultation – in the House of Commons at 7:00 pm on 11th July 2018.

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Photo of David Duguid David Duguid Conservative, Banff and Buchan 7:00 pm, 11th July 2018

I congratulate the right hon. Gentleman on securing a debate on a very important issue that affects the fishing industry, particularly around Scotland and Northern Ireland. I thank him for doing so. Does he agree with the assessment of the Scottish White Fish Producers Association that despite a continuing increase of professionalisation and innovation in the industry, coupled with the opportunities for leaving the EU and the common fisheries policy, it could take at least 10 years for the industry, at least in Scotland, to become fully reliant once again on local labour?