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Volume 405: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on current estimates of fishers' compensation claims pursuant to the latest restrictions as set out by the Fisheries Council in December 2002. [112497]

I appreciate the fishing industry's concern that their earnings have been affected by the limits on time at sea. The way to promote better viability for fishing operations is to bring the size of the fleet and fish stocks into better balance.