§ 4. Sir D. Robertson
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is aware that many boats built or bought with the aid of Government grants or loans for the purpose of white fish and herring fishing are not now being used for those activities, but are being used for drift netting for salmon, to the detriment of the legal salmon net fishing industry and the destruction of breeding stocks; and if he will take steps to prevent this.
§ Mr. Leburn
It is true that a number of boats built with the aid of grants and loans have taken part in drift net fishing for salmon. I have, however, at present no powers to prevent fishing boats, whether grant-aided or not, being used for this purpose.