HC Deb 19 December 1990 vol 183 c286
17. Mr. Menzies Campbell

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many representations he has received in the last 12 months about the future of Pittenweem harbour.

Mr. Michael Forsyth

Two people have written to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State about Pittenweem harbour.

Mr. Campbell

Does the Minister understand the great uncertainty being created in the fishing industry in my constituency as a result of the absence of concrete proposals for the improvement of Pittenweem harbour, particularly with regard to safety and the hygiene requirements that will be imposed after 1992? Will the Secretary of State take a direct interest in the matter and ensure an early resolution of the problem so that the fishing industry in my constituency will have a proper opportunity to continue to provide the service that it provides for the community at large?

Mr. Forsyth

My right hon. Friend's predecessor as Secretary of State visited Pittenweem in November and met representatives of the fishing industry and my noble Friend the Under-Secretary of State also plans a visit in the near future. As the hon. and learned Gentleman will know, the proposed scheme is ambitious and costly, and the regional council has been asked to review it with a view to presenting rather more viable plans.