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Fishing Vessels (Licensing)

Volume 164: debated on Thursday 11 January 1990

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he has any plans to amend current licence arrangements for United Kingdom fishing vessels.

We have recently consulted the industry on proposed changes to the licensing system, which would permit the aggregation of vessel capacity. We are still awaiting some industry views but hope to be able to make an arrangement shortly.We are likely to have to make some changes to licensing conditions once the Divisional Court has considered the recent judgment of the European Court of Justice in cases 3/87 Agegate and 216/87 Jaderow.