§ Mr. Hector Hughes
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what changes he proposes to make in the near future in the subsidies, grants and loans available to the fishing industry in Scotland; and when he proposes that they shall come into operation.
§ Mr. J. Stuart
New rates for the white fish subsidy are set out in the draft Scheme laid before the House on 6th December which, if approved by Parliament, will come into force on 1st January. The White Fish Authority and the Herring Industry Board have proposed certain changes in the schemes for grants for new fishing boats and engines; some of these would require legislation and are being considered, but I am not in a position to make a statement.