HC Deb 29 November 1973 vol 865 cc193-4W
54. Mr. James Johnson

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he will send a freezer trawler to the South Atlantic for the purpose of catching a significant quantity of local fish species and to ascertain the potential of these Atlantic waters.

Mr. Anthony Stodart

I feel that it is preferable to concentrate our exploratory efforts on grounds nearer home which are within the economic range of operation of our trawler fleet. I shall announce the results of the recent voyages in the North-East Atlantic as soon as they have been fully assessed, and I shall discuss them with the industry.