HC Deb 18 March 1974 vol 870 cc642-3
4. Mr. Nicholas Edwards

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received about the future of the Milford fishing industry and its economic significance for Pembrokeshire.

The Under-Secretary of State for Wales (Mr. Barry Jones)

Along with my right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, my right hon. and learned Friend has received letters from the hon. Member and from the local Trawler Owners Association.

Mr. Edwards

Is the Minister aware that the industry is facing a desperate crisis as a result of fuel price increases and that the vessels may well be laid up by the end of the month, putting people out of work? What action do the Government propose?

Mr. Jones

As the basis of the representations was the increased cost of fuel, which affects the fishing industry as a whole, and other industries, my right hon. and learned Friend will be considering this subject with his right hon. Friends.