HC Deb 28 July 1967 vol 751 c296W
Sir C. Osborne

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, in view of the fact that British trawler catches are 5 per cent. to 10 per cent. down, that prices are 5 per cent. to 10 per cent. down, but costs are 8 per cent. to 10 per cent. up, if he will take steps to restrict the landings of foreign caught fish which in 1966 represented 12 per cent. in volume and 25 per cent. in value of all fish landed in Great Britain, and so help save the British trawling industry.

Mr. Hoy

I appreciate the present difficulties of the British trawler industry. But we would not in present circumstances be justified in imposing any special restriction on imports in view of our general trade policy and international obligations.