§ 51. Mr. Andrew Welsh
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he has taken to give immediate aid to the Scottish fishing industry; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
Current difficulties in the fishing industry reflect the inevitable consequences of having to cut quotas to secure future stocks and prosperity. It would not be appropriate to provide any immediate financial aid to the industry which has had several successful years under the common fisheries policy.