§ 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 443W 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.