§ 31. Mrs. Ewing
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he last met representatives of the Scottish Fishermen's Federation to discuss current problems of the fishing fleet; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Raymond S. Robertson
My right hon. Friend last met representatives of the Scottish Fishermen's Federation in Luxembourg on 26 October when, together 165W with my hon. Friend the Minister of State at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, he represented the United Kingdom at the Council of Fisheries Ministers. The current problems facing the fishing fleet were fully discussed.
§ Mr. Robertson
The Scottish Office maintains close contact with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food on fisheries issues. The mackerel box is kept under close surveillance by the Ministry's sea fisheries inspectorate. There is no evidence of illegal fishing by Scottish vessels operating in the box.