§ 7. Mr. Grimond
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what progress is being made on extending the pout box.
§ The Under Secretary of State for Scotland (Mr. Hugh D. Brown)
I share the right hon. Gentleman's wish to see the pout box extended northwards to 61°N, and we have made this clear to the European Commission. We now await the outcome of a study by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, which may provide the basis for a new measure.
§ Mr. Grimond
I am grateful to the Minister for that answer, which follows representations made to him at a meeting with the Orkney and Shetland representatives. Can he give any indication of the timing, because the matter is becoming urgent? When does he expect to make further progress?
§ Mr. Sproat
Does the Minister accept that the extension of the pout box is only one measure being urged on the Government by the fishing industry? Will he say what immediate and, if necessary, unilateral action the Government propose to take to ensure that only one size of net is carried on one vessel in United Kingdom waters?