§ Mr. Watt
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland, in view of the fact that the EEC Parliament has voted for the creation of a single Community coastguard and fishery protection service, whether he will oppose any such development as inimical to the interests of the Scottish fishing industry; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Hugh D. Brown
The Commission's proposed regulation on the control of fishing activities—R/107/78 as amended by R /3012/78—envisages that member States would be responsible for the inspection of fishing vessels within their ports and within waters subject to their sovereignty or jurisdiction. This accords with the Government's view, as stated in paragraph 57 of their observations on the Expenditure Committee's recent report on the fishing industry, that enforcement within national fishery limits should continue to be the responsibility of the coastal State.