§ Mr. James Johnson
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what proportion of the total United Kingdom fish catch outside United Kingdom coastal waters is taken between 12 and 50 miles off Iceland; and how this proportion has varied in recent years.
§ Mr. Prior
During 1971 19.6 per cent. by weight of all fish, excluding shellfish, landed by United Kingdom vessels was caught in the Iceland area. In the last 10 years the percentage has varied between 13 and 23 per cent. It is estimated that more than 95 per cent. of the catch is taken between 12 and 50 miles off Iceland.