HC Deb 05 April 1967 vol 744 cc241-2
46. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is aware of the danger to fish in the North Sea reaching healthy maturity caused by the new plan to catch young fish of all small sizes for factory purposes; and if he will take steps by protection vessels or otherwise to control the plan.

Mr. Buchan

The possibility of economic development of industrial fisheries by the British fishing industry is under active consideration. In reaching conclusions the requirements of conservation will be taken fully into account.

Mr. Hughes

Does the Under-Secretary realise that the fishing industry and the consumers of fish are much more important than private exploitation of this kind? Will he put a stop to it?

Mr. Buchan

If the question is whether we are paying attention to both the consumer aspect and industrial fishing, the answer is, "Yes".

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