§ Mr. Morley
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many beam trawlers have been inspected at sea within the 12-mile limit to ensure they are complying with a 9m beam length restriction.
§ Mr. Curry
Every beam trawler inspected at sea has its gear, including beam length, checked and recorded. It is not possible to provide a breakdown of the number of such inspections inside and outside 12 miles, but in 1991, 112 British registered and 139 foreign registered vessels fishing with beam trawls were checked at sea by the Royal Navy on behalf of the Ministry, some on more than one occasion.