HC Deb 09 November 1979 vol 973 cc364-5W
Mr. Donald Stewart

asked the Secretary of State for Trade if, in view of the serious and continuing loss of life amongst mainly Scottish inshore and middle-water fishermen, he will appoint a commission of inquiry similar to that which followed the loss of Hull deep sea trawlermen in 1967.

Mr. Tebbit

My Department is actively committed to improving general standards of safety in the fishing industry. Whilst any loss of life in the industry must always be a matter for concern and deep regret, I do not consider that circumstances justify a commission of inquiry.