HC Deb 22 December 1971 vol 828 cc371-2W
Mr. Ralph Howell

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he will now ban the use of beam trawls in national fishery limits.

Mr. Prior

I intend shortly to make an order restricting the use of beam-trawling gear. The restrictions will apply off England and Wales, where beam trawling at present takes place, and off Northern Ireland. Conditions in Scottish waters are different, but the position there will be kept under review by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland.

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