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Salmon (Bushmills)

Volume 170: debated on Wednesday 28 March 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will indicate the Department of Agriculture (Northern Ireland) commitment to the continuation of scientific studies of salmon at the Bushmills site; how long the Department's lease on the site and river has to run; and whether it is intended to continue to base scientists on this site for the remainder of the lease.

[holding answer 23 March 1990]: The Department's future strategy for research on salmon is currently under review with a view to expansion across Northern Ireland. The Department's lease on the Bushmills site and river extends to 2002. Until now no DANI scientists have been based on this site—they visit as required by seasonal factors.