§ Mr. Teddy Taylor
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on the extent to which air and sea fishery protection has been adjusted since the adoption of a common fisheries policy; and who is responsible for such protection outside the 12 mile limit.
§ Mr. MacGregor
United Kingdom fishery protection forces are responsible for enforcing the common fisheries policy up to our 200-mile limit or median lines. The agreement on the common fisheries policy which was reached on 25 January 1983 created no need to adjust these forces which were and are properly equipped and sufficient for their task. The situation is, however, kept under continual review.
An inspectorate of inspectorates covering the European Community as a whole is to be established shortly. My right hon. Friend wrote to Commissioner Contogeorgis last week urging him to introduce the inspectorate as soon as possible.