§ Mr. William Ross
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is his estimate of the percentage of salmon and grilse caught by anglers in Scotland in each of the last 10 years which were caught by(a) persons permanently resident in Scotland and (b) anglers visiting Scotland. 
§ Mr. Macdonald
The number of salmon and grilse caught in Scotland is set out in the table.
Year Tonnes 1996 83,121 1997 99,197 1998 1115,483 1 Estimate
Information on the value of annual production is not held centrally but a recently published study "The Economic Impact of Scottish Salmon Farming" estimated that in 1996 the turnover of salmon farmers was £248 million and of processors in Scotland £227 million. The study also estimated that the industry supported directly and indirectly 6,422 full time equivalent jobs. Copies of the study have been placed in the library.
From 1 July 1999, this will be a matter for the Scottish Parliament.