§ 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.