§ Mr. Clark Hutchison
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what reply he has sent to the recent letter received from the Inshore White Fish Producers Association and the Herring Producers Association about fishing grounds round the Scottish coast; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Gordon Campbell
The letter reaffirmed the views expressed in a memorandum handed to my right hon. Friend, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, and to me at a meeting with the Scottish inshore fishermen's associations on 15th December. At that meeting we made clear to the associations that 141W the Government are fully aware of the difficulties that the Scottish inshore fishing industry could face under the E.E.C.'s common fisheries policy and had reserved the United Kingdom's position on that question.