§ Mr. Mason
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food which water authority areas have 57W whirling disease sites from which movement restrictions have subsequently been lifted; which specific locations; what steps he has taken to establish unhampered movement from these sites; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Buchanan-Smith
Movement restrictions imposed under section 2 of the Diseases of Fish Act 1937 have been lifted from sites previously infected with whirling disease in the Anglian, Severn Trent, Thames, Wessex and Yorkshire water authority areas. The specific locations where such restrictions no longer apply areAnglian water authority areaCherry Tree Meadows, Melton, near Woodbridge, Suffolk Tingrith Trout Farm, Milton Keynes, BucksWessex water authority areaAvington Trout Hatchery, Iwerne Minster, near Blandford, DorsetYorkshire water authority areaNidderdale Trout Farm, Throstle Nest Farm, Throstle Nest, near Summerbridge, Harrogate, N. YorksSinnington Trout Farm, Low Grange, Sinnington, N. Yorks.
Movements may take place from these five sites without restriction. Any movements of fish into inland waters in England and Wales, however, are subject to approval by the appropriate water authority under the provisions of section 30 of the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act 1975. Since the lifting by my Department of the movement restrictions, I am not aware that any of the five sites has encountered difficulties through the provisions of section 30.