HC Deb 25 May 1966 vol 729 c455
14. Mr. Onslow

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what recent discussions have been held with the Danish Government concerning salmon fishing in Greenland waters; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Hoy

Discussions were held last February with Danish scientists, and a further international meeting is taking place this week, at which British and Danish scientists will be present. The objective is to work out arrangements for continuing research in Greenland waters.

Mr. Onslow

Can the Minister tell the House what the Greenland catch was last year and how many of those fish in the catch were tagged as coming from British rivers? Will he assure the House that he takes this problem seriously?

Mr. Hoy

This is a serious problem and that is why we are taking immediate action on it. The catch in 1965 was substantially less than that of 1964, for which we are grateful.

Mr. Hector Hughes

Will the Minister say specifically what steps he is taking to protect the traditional rights of the Aberdeen fishing fleet?

Mr. Hoy

Salmon proceed into many rivers and we have to try to protect them all. When we are carrying out that protection, we will not omit Aberdeen.