HL Deb 17 November 1977 vol 387 cc742-4WA

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What fisheries projects the Minister of Overseas Development is supporting in developing countries; whether they will list these projects and the financial aid being given in each case; whether British equipment is being supplied on any of these schemes; whether any stipulation is made about the final destination of fish caught, and if so what.

Country Project Description Estimate of Total Cost £000 British Equipment Supplied
Bahrain Fisheries Officers and Trawler Skipper 91
Bangladesh Inland Fisheries 435 Yes
Brazil Oyster Culture 120 Yes
Inland Fish Farm 40 Possibly
Fiji Fisheries Officers 35
Ghana Pesticides Pollution 93 Yes
Catamaran Fishing 75 Yes
Gilbert Islands Fisheries Officer 13
Fisheries Consultancy 117
Fisheries Training Officer 30 Yes
Live Bait/Milkfish Culture 86
Guyana Shrimp By-Catch Study 22 Yes
St. Helena Cold Store for Fish: Jamestown 40 Yes
Fisheries Survey Vessel 60 Yes
Fish Cold Store Installation 76 Yes
Indonesia Fish Processing Industry 70 Yes
Jamaica Larval Fish Programme 3
Malawi Fisheries Development 360 Yes
Fish Preservation and Processing 35 Yes
Mexico Coastal Lagoon Fisheries 204 Yes
Marine Food Processing 36
Portugal Coastal Fishing Vessels Study 7
Seychelles Post-Harvest Fisheries Development 75 Yes
Fisheries Consultants 380
Fisheries Loan Scheme 115 Yes
Fisheries Development 49 Yes
Solomon Islands Turtle Resources Evaluation 13 Yes
Fisheries Development 54 Yes
Equipment for Govt. Fisheries Vessel "San Juanita" 7 Yes
Fish Market 20 Yes
Fisheries Laboratory Store and Workshop 56
Fisheries Investigation Vessel 140 Yes
South Pacific Commission Skipjack Survey 210 Yes
Sudan Pilot Fisheries Project 100 Yes
Artisanal Fisheries 690 Yes
Tanzania Coastal Fisheries 265 Yes
Thailand Fisheries Economists 70 Yes
Tonga Fisheries Training Officer 25
Fisheries Officer 17
Zambia Assistance to Fisheries Department 18

It is an invariable rule of the Ministry that where imported equipment is needed it must be of United Kingdom manufacture unless there are overriding reasons for providing other equipment. These are relatively rare. There is no formal stipulation about the final destination of fish caught on any of these projects. In the main they are designed to improve the protein diet of the local population, but there are instances where it is desirable to export high value products if the net gain to the national economy is much greater thereby.


My right honourable friend the Minister of State for Overseas Development is currently supporting fisheries projects in the following countries: