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Volume 118: debated on Monday 29 June 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how much the Highlands and Islands Development Board has spent on the breeding of halibut; what is his policy in promoting the fish farming of halibut; and if he will make a statement.

Since 1980–81 the HIDB has contributed £197,000 towards research into the cultivation of halibut. The Government have encouraged this research, which is mainly being done by the Sea Fish Industry Authority. Recent results are promising and it is hoped that within a few years a pilot project will be ready for commercial assessment.