§ Mr. Onslow
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many fishery offences have been reported within the territorial waters for which his Department is responsible in each of the past five years; and how these figures compare with those in other areas of the United Kingdom's territorial seas.
§ Mr. Hugh D. Brown
Records of fishery offences are held by reference to statutory fishery limits and not by reference to United Kingdom territorial waters. The following table shows convictions for offences committed at sea within the former 12-mile fishery limit.
Year Scotland England and Wales Northern Ireland 1972 61 31 Nil 1973 42 9 1 1974 29 5 3 1975 32 2 Nil 1976 51 8 3
The figures for England and Wales exclude convictions secured by local sea fisheries committees operated by county councils which are responsible for enforcing their own byelaws within territorial waters.