§ Mr. William Ross
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many persons are currently employed in the sea fishing industry; what were the numbers in(a) 1970, (b) 1980 and (c) 1990; and how many of the jobs are (i) on fishing vessels and (ii) ashore.
§ Sir Hector Monro
The latest available information is published in table 2.6 of "UK Sea Fisheries Statistics 1993", a copy of which is available in the Library. Figures for Scotland for 1993 reflect changes to the collection of information on vessels and fishermen following the requirement to license vessels of less than 10 m in length. Information on the level of employment ashore is not available.