§ Mr. Wallace
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment has been made of the employment consequences of the introduction of the proposed decommissioning package.
§ Sir Hector Monro
[holding answer 4 June 1992]: The detailed arrangements for the proposed decommissioning scheme are currently the subject of consultation with the industry. The impact of the scheme will also depend on the circumstances of the particular vessels which take up the scheme, but in the long term employment in fishing and related industries will best be protected by our proposals to reduce fishing pressure and hence conserve fish stocks.