§ Sir Cranley Onslow
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what contracts for research into the problem of predation by fish-eating birds have now been let. 
§ Mrs. Browning
The Ministry and the Department of the Environment are in discussion with the following contractor consortia about the projects listed against their names:
Contractor Project Directorate of Fisheries Research, ADAS, Glasgow University, British Trust for Ornithology and the Central Science Laboratory Assessment of the problem of fish-eating birds in inland fisheries in England and Wales John Moores Liverpool University and Hull International Fisheries Institute Case studies of the effect of fish-eating birds on inland fisheries in England and Wales Central Science Laboratory, Directorate of Fisheries Research, ADAS, British Trust for Ornithology and Glasgow University Assessment of the effectiveness of different management measures on controlling damage by fish-eating birds to inland fisheries in England and Wales British Trust for Ornithology, Directorate of Fisheries Research, ADAS, Central Science Laboratory and Glasgow University Population distribution and movement of fish-eating birds in Great Britain Wildlife and Wetlands Trust, Institute of Terrestrial Ecology and Institute of Freshwater Ecology Feeding behaviour of fish-eating birds in Great Britain
No contracts have yet been let pending the outcome of these discussions.