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Volume 958: debated on Monday 20 November 1978

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food for the past five years for which figures are available, what are the total quantities and financial value of the mackerel catch landed in United Kingdom ports and the estimated proportions that were sold for human consumption and the estimated quantities and corresponding values of mackerel exported.

The information is as folows:for 1978 of 300,000 tonnes—and 435,000 tonnes in 1979. The United Kingdom catch so far in 1978 totals some 225,000 tonnes. The objective of the Government's licensing arrangements is to keep the United Kingdom catch to a reasonable share of the latest recommended TAC.