§ Mr. R. Gibson
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what were the total landings of lobsters in the Clyde and elsewhere on the West of Scotland, respectively, during the last year; and what proposals he has to organise that industry there, in view of the increased costs of gear, and the resultant inability of the fishermen engaged in the industry to make a living thereat?
§ Mr. Colville
The following are the quantity and value of lobsters landed during the year 1938 in the regions specified: Firth of Clyde, 20,000, value £1,125; elsewhere on West of Scotland, 337,000, value £24,000.
I am not aware of any recent increase in the cost of gear used, which is generally made by the fishermen themselves.
The report on the Highlands and Islands recently issued by the Scottish Economic Committee contains suggestions for the development of lobster fishing, which are receiving consideration.