HC Deb 24 March 1976 vol 908 cc382-3
3. Mr. MacCormick

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received from the Scottish fishing industry regarding the forthcoming negotiations on the common fisheries policy.

The Secretary of State for Scotland (Mr. William Ross)

A resolution stating the views of the Scottish and English fishing industry on fishery limits and the reappraisal of the common fisheries policy was sent to Ministers on 18th February. Similar views have been expressed to me and my hon. Friends by the industry on a number of other occasions.

Mr. MacCormick

Does the Secretary of State accept that previous dealings with the European Economic Community have not protected the best interests of Scottish fishermen or the Scottish fishing industry? Can he guarantee that, whatever deal is done with the Common Market, on this occasion he will stick out for a 100-mile exclusive zone for British and, of course, Scottish fishermen?

Mr. Ross

I think that the hon. Gentleman may take it that the Government—this has been expressed before—will seek to get the best possible results from these negotiations to the advantage of our fishermen.

Mr. Younger

Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that the fishing industry in Scotland is united today as never before and is more deeply concerned about its future than ever before? Will he bear that in mind when negotiating the vital matter of the 100-mile limit for our fishermen?

Mr. Ross

Yes, Sir.