asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer why Her Majesty's Customs and Excise will not release to the White Fish Authority information about imports of fish; and if he will make a statement.
Her Majesty's Customs and Excise Statistical Office supplies the White Fish Authority each month with details of the quantity and value of imported fish. I understand that the further information now sought would involve the disclosure of detailed information about individual importers, which the Customs are advised that they are not legally entitled to divulge. The matter is to be discussed between the Customs and the Authority. I will write to my hon. Friend and let him know the outcome.