HC Deb 16 December 1963 vol 686 c845
36. Mr. Wall

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what conversations he has had with the inshore fishing industry about an extension of British fisheries limits.

Mr. Soames

Consultations with representatives of inshore fishermen were held before the opening of the European Fisheries Conference and further consultations are taking place today.

Mr. Wall

Can my right hon. Friend say how many societies or organisations he consults when ascertaining the views of the inshore fishermen?

Mr. Soames

A tremendous number. A Press notice was put out on 5th November, giving them. I have their names with me, but I could not relate them all to my hon. Friend now. There are between 25 and 30 of them.