§ 27. Mr. James Johnson
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what proposals he has for the future financing of the White Fish Authority.
§ 40. Mr. McNamara
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is his policy in regard to an increase in the powers of the White Fish Authority.
§ Mr. Johnson
I am glad to see a Member for a fishing port at the Dispatch Box. Has the right hon. Gentleman forgotten that when he was on these benches he consistently and persistently attacked the White Fish Authority which he wished to see abolished? Why can 227 he not be consistent and come clean about the whole matter?
§ Mr. McNamara
Having heard the right hon. Gentleman's comments, may I ask when he is likely to come to the House with a considered opinion on this problem? Is he aware that many hon. Members want to see the White Fish Authority considerably strengthened, for example, by giving it control of training within the industry?
§ Mr. Grimond
We appreciate that the right hon. Gentleman must have time to look at this, but will he bear in mind that there is a strong case for amalgamating these authorities, and that many fishermen in the North of Scotland are confused about where they should make applications for grant? As the building of bigger ships is becoming more and more necessary, the case for amalgamation is very strong indeed.