HC Deb 18 May 1954 vol 527 cc1888-9
44 Lord Malcolm Douglas-Hamilton

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether, in view of the decrease of people engaged in lobster creel fishing in recent years, he will take steps to afford protection to the small lobster fishermen.

Mr. Henderson Stewart

The decrease in the number of creel fishermen in recent years may be due to a variety of causes, including the availability of other more remunerative employment. My right hon. Friend has no evidence that special measures for the protection of the small lobster fishermen are necessary.

Lord Malcolm Douglas-Hamilton

Is my hon. Friend aware that the small lobster fisherman is an integral part of Highland life? Does not he think that proper control is advisable, particularly over the size of the vessel employed?

Mr. Stewart

I agree that these men form a very important element in Highland life, but it is not very easy to know what protective measures can reasonably be taken.

Sir H. Williams

Has my hon. Friend gone into the question I raised a few days ago, in connection with the subsidised lobster fishery in that part of the country, which is a great failure?