§ Sir J. Gilmour
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received asking that fishing for shell fish be made a licensed industry; and what reply he has made.
§ Mr. Ross
My Department received one representation from the Pittenweem Fishermen's Association, that fishing for shellfish by part-time shellfish catchers be restricted by licensing or other means in order to protect the livelihood of full-time fishermen. My Department's reply pointed out that the proposal seemed inappropriate as fishing was traditionally regarded as a suitable part-time occupation, particularly in certain areas, and that there is not normally a bar to persons engaging in employment in a part-time capacity.