§ 28. Mr. Wallace
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what representations he has received since 1 January from lobster fishermen seeking the introduction of a licensing system in their industry.
§ Mr. MacGregor
Following representations from a number of organisations in the industry, both since 1 257W January and previously, my noble Friend the Minister of State, Scottish Office and I met representatives of the National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations and the Scottish Fishermen's Federation on 23 February to discuss the question of licensing in the lobster fishing industry. Subsequently those organisations were advised by letter that we had decided not to introduce a general national licensing scheme.
Since then I have received no further representations on the matter.