HC Deb 12 January 1978 vol 941 cc817-8W
Mr. Maxwell-Hyslop

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many prosecutions for infringement of fishery regulations have been brought by his Department based on air photographic evidence alone since the Interim Report of the Trade and Industry Sub-Committee of the Public Expenditure Committee recommended this course of action.

Mr. Bishop

None. Aerial photographs are unlikely by themselves to provide the basis for a successful prosecution. A procedure has, however, been devised with a view to using in suitable cases photographs from a Nimrod aircraft as evidence in conjunction with testimony from the crew of the aircraft. An opportunity to use this procedure has not yet arisen.