Distribution of fishing opportunities

Part of Fisheries Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:30 pm on 13th December 2018.

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Photo of Alistair Carmichael Alistair Carmichael Liberal Democrat Chief Whip, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Northern Ireland) 3:30 pm, 13th December 2018

That is helpful, but I am not entirely sure about the hon. Gentleman’s distinction between redistribution and nationalisation. At the end of the day, we risk spending public money. I am not averse to that—it may ultimately be necessary, and I can certainly see the end that is to be met by it—but at the moment it is a little ill-defined. I would favour an approach that dealt differently with the returning quota, rather than mucking about with the existing quota. I am not averse to the idea, but we should not be blind to the risks that come with it.