HC Deb 03 May 1983 vol 42 cc56-7W
Mr. Mason

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food which water authority areas have 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 area Cherry Tree Meadows, Melton, near Woodbridge, Suffolk Tingrith Trout Farm, Milton Keynes, Bucks Wessex water authority area Avington Trout Hatchery, Iwerne Minster, near Blandford, Dorset Yorkshire water authority area Nidderdale Trout Farm, Throstle Nest Farm, Throstle Nest, near Summerbridge, Harrogate, N. Yorks Sinnington 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.

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