HC Deb 15 December 1949 vol 470 c289W
57. Sir D. Robertson

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, in view of the serious depletion of fishing grounds in the North Sea and other near water fishing grounds, he will open negotiations with a view to holding a conference at Ministerial level of those nations whose fishermen use those grounds, with the object of prohibiting fishing at spawning times.

Mr. T. Williams

No. The prohibition of fishing at spawning times was rejected by the Overfishing Conference in 1946 as being of doubtful value and incapable of enforcement.