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Fishing Vessels

Volume 87: debated on Monday 18 November 1985

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will give the figures for the number of fishing vessels, their size, and what proportion of the British fishing fleet they constitute. based at Great Grimsby, Hull and Fleetwood, at present and for the years 1975 and 1965.

Records of numbers of vessels in the United Kingdom fleet are based on the position at 31 December of each year; hence 1984 is the most recent year for which details are available. The information requested is as follows:

I attach great importance to obtaining better arrangements for the transfer of quota between producers. We have been pressing the Commission to bring forward proposals on this, and shall continue to do so. In the meantime we are exploring the scope for flexibility within the framework of the present Community rules.