HC Deb 19 April 1967 vol 745 cc124-6W
Mr. Emlyn Hooson

asked the Secretary of State for Wales whether he has yet made his observations on the report submitted two years ago by the Welsh Fly Fishing Association on the survival of Welsh angling associations; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Cledwyn Hughes

Since the Welsh Fly Fishing Association made its recommendations my right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture stated in reply to the hon. Member for Woolwich, West (Mr. Hamling) on 1st August, 1966 that his Department proposed to discuss with fishing interests whether River Authorities should, in the interests of securing better availability of fishing to Anglers, exercise to a greater extent their powers to acquire and manage fisheries. In the last two years offers of grants totalling £14,700 have been made to angling societies in Wales under the Physical Training and Recreation Act 1937 to enable them to acquire fishing rights.—[Vol. 733, c. 30.]