HC Deb 14 July 1971 vol 821 cc86-7W
Mr. Ronald King Murray

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what further steps he proposes to explain to the people of Scotland why they should support British entry into the European Economic Community, in view of the fact that it has not proved possible to include a separate assessment of the economic implications for Scotland in the White Paper, Command No. 4715.

Mr. Gordon Campbell

The White Paper published last week explains why the Government are convinced that it is in the interests of the prosperity and security of all the peoples of the United Kingdom that we should join the European Communities. A popular version is available free through Post Offices to supplement the current series of Fact Sheets on "Britain & Europe". The Government will report progress on those matters which are the subject of further negotiation.

Like my predecessor, I do not consider it practicable to assess in detail the consequences of membership of the European Economic Community for particular parts of the United Kingdom. The main subjects affecting Scotland are covered in the White Paper.

Mr. Grimond

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will take into account the fact that 40 per cent. of the total Shetland catch of fish comes from between the six-mile and 12-mile limits in his negotiations on fisheries with the European Economic Community.

Mr. Gordon Campbell