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Fish Licensing

Volume 172: debated on Thursday 17 May 1990

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when he intends to issue a consultation paper about further changes to the fish licensing arrangements.

We will be circulating within the next few days to fishing industry organisations a consultation document on Government proposals for further changes to the United Kingdom's licensing system for fishing vessels, which would allow fishermen to acquire increased fishing opportunities without necessarily increasing their fishing capacity. Comments are required by 31 July. Subject to the views expressed, it is hoped to introduce the new arrangements in 1991. Copies of the consultation document have been placed in the Library of the House.