HC Deb 06 May 1976 vol 910 c444W
6. Mr. Brotherton

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will set up an official inquiry into the effects of beam trawling.

Mr. Bishop

No. In my view, such an inquiry would not serve any useful purpose. It is the total quantity of fish taken rather than the means of fishing which really matters, and that is why the United Kingdom has pressed for quota systems for the fishing of sole and plaice stocks.

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