§ Mr. Soames
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when he last visited the Solway Firth to review salmon netting practices.
§ Mr. John MacKay
My right hon. and noble Friend the Minister of State and my hon. Friend the Minister of State at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food visited the Solway on 26 July last, where they met representatives of local fishing interests and saw salmon nets in operation. With the co-operation of the Fisheries Departments, the Annan District salmon fishery board and the North West water authority have begun discussions to see whether a system of joint management of salmon and freshwater fisheries in the Solway area might be possible.