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Fishing Industry (Import Prices)

Volume 984: debated on Thursday 15 May 1980

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement about the impact of import prices upon the fishing industry; and if he will indicate the Government's proposals for safeguarding the industry from damaging disruption of its markets.

My right hon. Friend and the Secretary of State for Scotland met representatives of all sections of the fishing industry on 13 May. Among the matters discussed was the level and price of imports of fish on to our market.

A further meeting will be held in July to reassess the situation in the light of the outcome of the consideration which is being given within the Community to the tariffs and reference prices applicable to certain imports from third countries and developments in negotiations on the common fisheries policy.