HL Deb 16 December 1985 vol 469 c535

3.5 p.m.

Viscount Davidson

My Lords, I beg to move that the Bill be now considered on Report.

Moved, That the Bill be now considered on Report.—(Viscount Davidson.)

Lord Boothby

My Lords, I just want to give a word of welcome to this Bill. I have fought in Parliament for more than half a century for the inshore fishing industry and have seen it facing total ruin on at least three occasions. Today I see it enjoying a greater prosperity than it has ever known. I should like to pay my tribute to the Government not least for negotiating the best fisheries agreement with the countries of Europe that we have ever had. I hope now very much that a similar Bill will come to us from another place affecting Peterhead harbour. I should like to have an assurance from the Minister that the Government will do what they can to facilitate this, because I believe that at the moment it is being held up for no good reasons in another place. Having said that, I wish only to thank the Government and to congratulate them.

Viscount Davidson

My Lords, I am most grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Boothby, for his kind words of welcome for this Bill. So far as another place, and another place in Scotland, are concerned, I am afraid that I have no information to give him at this moment.

On Question, Motion agreed to.

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