§ Mr. Mason
asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what steps he intends to take to check the illegal netting of salmon and trout during 1983; what proposals he has in mind to introduce a salmon sales licence as one of his objectives for salmon policies for England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Buchanan-Smith
Responsibility in England and Wales for enforcing measures regulating the fishing for salmon and trout rests with the water authorities. I am considering the representations that I received on our consultation paper, the "Review of Inland and Coastal Fisheries in England and Wales". This paper referred to proposals on the illegal netting of salmon and trout. So far as measures to control the sale of salmon are concerned, I refer the right hon. Member to the reply I gave him on 26 October—[Vol. 29, c.339.] I understand that the salmon sales group is likely to report in the middle of 1983.