§ Mr. Maclennan
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received from the Scottish Trawlers Federation about the fisheries in waters off the Faroe Islands: and what reply he has sent.
§ Mr. Gordon Campbell
The Scottish Trawlers Federation wrote to me about the outcome of the recent talks in Edinburgh with representatives of the Danish and Faroese Governments on possible conservation measures off Faroe. My officials have since had talks in Aberdeen with the federation at which it was explained that any such measures would only be acceptable to Her Majesty's Government if they applied to all fishing nations, including the Faroes. The federation agreed in discussion that it would be undesirable to permit any substantial increase in the international fishing effort for cod and haddock off Faroe. My hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Home Affairs and Agriculture is writing to the hon. Member with further details.