HC Deb 08 November 1976 vol 919 cc52-3W
Mr. Gray

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will now introduce an order closing the Inner Sound of Raasay to trawlers as a result of damage caused to the BUTEC range off Kyle of Lochalsh and repeated damage to inshore fishermen's gear.

Mr. Hugh D. Brown

The only type of trawling permitted in this area is mid-water trawling. While any irresponsible fishing activity that results in damage to defence installations or to fishing gear is to be deplored, my right hon. Friend would be reluctant to impose further restrictions on a valuable fishery. Protection of the BUTEC range is the responsibility of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence. He has made bylaws prohibiting in the range area underwater activities, including fishing, which could cause damage. I have no doubt that he will approach my right hon. Friend if he considers that further restrictions on fishing are necessary.

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