HL Deb 30 March 1977 vol 381 cc1025-6WA

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will examine the electronic gear installed in vessels licensed to fish in British waters, to ascertain whether it is for use in locating, attracting or taking fish, and, if so, whether its use is appropriate; and whether they will raise any objections if the purpose of the equipment is electronic eavesdropping or any other kind of surveillance of national British activities.


The only general right to board and inspect fishery vessels of other States is that bestowed on British sea fishery officers by the Sea Fisheries Act 1968. Under that Act the powers of British sea fishery officers to examine the equipment of fishing vessels are exercisable only in relation to the regulation of sea fishing. For this purpose it is not generally considered necessary to examine equipment other than nets and ancillary fishing gear.