§ 49. Mr. Younger
asked the Minister of Agriculture to what extent it is his policy to discourage the sale of modern fishing trawlers to foreign ownership; and whether his consent is required before any such sales take place.
§ Mr. T. Williams
As a general rule the sale of modern fishing trawlers to foreign owners is discouraged except where trawlers have proved to be unsuitable or uneconomical for the fishery for which they have been built and the owners have placed orders for more efficient vessels. The transfer of the ownership of trawlers is controlled by the Minister of Transport. The Fisheries Department is asked to make a recommendation on each application for transfer and does so after consulting the Ministry of Food.