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Volume 202: debated on Thursday 23 January 1992

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many trawlers his Department has examined in the last year to ensure the physical output of their engines matches the details in their official documents, in respect of those with de-rated engines within the 221 kW limit.

None. There are no currently available and practicable means of verifying recorded engine power in the course of inspections at sea. My Department is considering whether there is any way of overcoming this difficulty.