§ Mr. Morgan
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when he proposes to meet his counterparts in the European Community regarding the banning of imported tuna caught with dolphin by-catches.
§ Mr. Curry
I have no plans at present. The United Kingdom fully supported the Community's endorsement of the United Nations resolutions against indiscriminate large-scale pelagic drift netting which involved the incidental take of dolphins. Further, the United Kingdom supported this resolution at the recent meeting of the International Whaling Commission. Tuna fishing does not necessarily involve incidental take of dolphins and I am aware that some tuna products are advertised as having been obtained from fisheries that have not involved by-catches of dolphins.