HC Deb 22 March 1977 vol 928 cc521-2W
Mr. Warren

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement about the plans of the EEC to reduce the number of British inshore fishermen by a compulsory retirement policy.

Mr. Bishop

My right hon. Friend and I know of no such plans for compulsory retirement. The latest proposals by the Commission on restructuring the inshore industry were contained in R2988/75, on which my right hon. Friend's predecessor reported to Parliament on 5th January 1976. The proceedings of the appropriate Lords and Commons Select Committees were reported to Parliament in the Forty Ninth Report (Session 1975–76) from the Select Committee of the House of Lords on the European Communities dated 14th July 1976 (HMSO Ref. 285).

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