HC Deb 07 April 1971 vol 815 c434
23. Sir J. Gilmour

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has to replace the coal-burning vessels of the Scottish Fishery Protection Fleet; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Buchanan-Smith

One will be replaced later this year by the research vessel "Scotia" when the latter ceases to be required for fisheries research: replacement of the other will depend on decisions to be taken on the future of the protection service in the light of the recommendations of the Cameron Committee.

Sir J. Gilmour

Would not my hon. Friend agree that, in view of our application to join the E.E.C. and as my right hon. and hon. Friends will insist that coastal waters are protected, we shall need very good protection vessels, so that it is essential to replace all coal-burning vessels immediately?

Mr. Buchanan-Smith

I accept what my hon. Friend says about the need to provide proper protection for our fishermen in Scotland, and that is precisely why we are replacing one of these vessels and, when there is an opportunity, will certainly replace the other, too.