HC Deb 14 July 1980 vol 988 cc442-3W
Mr. John Townend

asked the Minister of Agriculture. Fisheries and Food what is the reason for the delay in informing the industry of the licensing conditions and quotas for the Minch mackerel fishing expected to start in two to three weeks' time.

Mr. Buchanan-Smith

There is considerable variety of interest between sections of the United Kingdom fishing industry concerning the western mackerel fishery. We are seeking urgently to devise arrangements which strike as fair a balance as possible between these different interests. We shall announce decisions as soon as possible.