HC Deb 16 January 1978 vol 942 cc78-9W
Mr. McCusker

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the basis on which fishing waters are rated in Northern Ireland for salmon and trout, coarse fish, and commercial eel fishing, respectively.

Mr. Dunn

In Northern Ireland fishing rights are hereditaments; they are shown in valuation lists and are, or may become, liable to a rate. All types of fish are included—salmon, trout, coarse fish and eels. The basis of assessment is the annual rental value of the right enjoyed by the appropriate rateable occupier. Within the statutory area of the Foyle Fisheries Commission fishings are exempted from general rates, but a special fishery rate may be payable to the Commission.