asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what planning proposals he has to reduce potential conflicts of interest between marine farming and other fishing users of inshore waters.
The Government do not consider that planning legislation would provide an appropriate framework for exercising control of sea-based fish farming developments. We do however recognise the need to ensure that the rapidly growing fish farming industry in Scotland is developed in a balanced and sensible way and that in its consideration of applications for leases the Crown Estate Commissioners takes account of both the needs of the industry itself and the views of others who could be affected by the overall growth of fish farming or by individual developments. A consultative paper containing proposals for new consultative procedures was issued by the Scottish Development Department in March 1986, and revised procedures were introduced last October. They will be kept under review and if significant changes are thought necessary the procedures will be further adjusted.