HC Deb 07 February 1962 vol 653 c399
5. Mr. Woodburn

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what success has followed the Scottish Hydro-Electric Board's work on the artificial expansion of salmon breeding; and whether it has proved practicable to stock additional rivers.

Mr. Maclay

Some rivers affected by the Board's operations have been stocked with eggs and fry and the Board has carried out experiments in the rearing and planting of smolts. It considers that preliminary results are satisfactory. The artificial stocking of other rivers is a matter for the proprietors and district boards concerned.

Mr. Woodburn

Can the right hon. Gentleman say when we may expect to have evidence of the success or otherwise of this very valuable development, and will he give publicity to the work which is being done so that it may become known throughout the country?

Mr. Maclay

I understand that a reliable assessment cannot be made until four or five years after the smolts have migrated to the sea. I take the right hon. Gentleman's second point well. Publicity should be given to the result.