HC Deb 15 November 1961 vol 649 cc338-9
5. Mr. Malcolm MacMillan

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has yet sent a reply to Ross and Cromarty County Council about proposals it made last May for fishery protection in the Minch.

Mr. Leburn

Yes, Sir. The county council were informed in August that the question was still under consideration and a letter was sent on 30th October reporting the outcome.

Mr. MacMillan

Would the Minister do us the courtesy of telling us what the outcome was?

Mr. Leburn

I have already informed the hon. Gentleman in exactly the same terms.

Mr. John MacLeod

Will the Minister really press for this reply to be given more precisely to the county council? This is a very serious matter indeed. It affects the small fishermen and crofter fishermen who have virtually no protection in some of their waters.

Mr. Leburn

In short, the answer amounted to an explanation that, in view of the need for economy in Government expenditure, it was not possible at this time to give additional protection.

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