§ 1. Mr. Hector Hughes
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is aware of the need for reconstructing and extending the fish market wharves in Aberdeen concerning which he has been in consultation with Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeen Harbour Board; if he will now make a statement on the result of those consultations; and when the work of reconstruction and extension will commence.
§ The Secretary of State for Scotland (Mr. Michael Noble)
My officials have recently discussed with representatives of the Harbour Board and the Town Council the need for repair of certain sections of the fish market wharves and I understand that the Board and Council will now consider the position in the light of the discussion. Further developments will depend on the outcome.
§ Mr. Hughes
Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that this is a very important matter for the development of the export trade of Aberdeen? Does he further agree that the consultations may involve the possibility of the fish market operations being confined to a smaller area and modernised so that berthage can be released for fishing vessels and other traffic to meet the growing export and other trade demands of Aberdeen Harbour? If so, will he expedite these improvements in the interests of the trade industry, commerce and employment of north-east Scotland?