HC Deb 06 February 1981 vol 998 cc239-40W
Mr. Hicks

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he will close the South-West Mackerel fishery immediately; and if he will make a statement about the current situation.

Mr. Buchanan-Smith

United Kingdom catches of mackerel off the South-West are running at a lower level than at a similar time in previous years. The proportion of undersized mackerel in the catch has nevertheless caused concern, but the problem does not at this stage seem to require any further tightening of the restrictions already being imposed through the mackerel licensing scheme. We are, however, keeping the situation under very close review.