§ 41. Mr. HENDERSON STEWART
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has considered the proposal to base the new patrol vessel "Fidra" at Methil rather than at Leith, so as to secure more effective prevention of illegal trawling on the Fife coast of the Firth of Forth; and whether it is his intention to appoint a Fife fisherman as a member of the crew for the same reason?
§ Sir G. COLLINS
A final decision has not yet been reached as to the port on which the "Fidra" will be based when patrolling in the Firth of Forth, and in considering the matter my hon. Friend's suggestion will be kept in view. The first crew of the "Fidra" is composed almost entirely of men already in the Fishery Board's service, but applications from Fife fishermen will be considered as vacancies occur.
Am I right in understanding the right hon. Gentleman to say that there are no vacancies at present?