§ Mr. Beith
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the seaward limit of those parts of the River Tweed to which he proposes to extend various provisions of the Freshwater and Salmon Fisheries (Scotland) Act 1976.
§ Mr. Younger
The statutory definition of the river Tweed includes an area of sea defined as the mouth of the Tweed which extends out to five miles between the East Lothian/Berwickshire boundary and a point seven miles south of Queen Elizabeth's Pier, Berwick-on-Tweed. The proposed amendment to the Freshwater and Salmon Fisheries (Scotland) Act 1976 (as contained in the Fisheries Bill now before the House) is limited to revising maximum penalties attaching to certain offences in order to achieve uniformity for the whole of the Tweed.