HC Deb 22 July 1997 vol 298 c552W
Mr. Jim Murphy

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list by port of registration the number of pressure stock licensed to be sold outside the United Kingdom. [10180]

Mr. Morley

Under the UK's restrictive licensing arrangements for fishing vessels, no new licences are issued. Licences may be transferred from one UK registered fishing vessel to another at the discretion of Ministers. We have no information readily available about the number of such transfers which may take place in the future. However, we estimate that currently there are some 160 UK-registered and licensed fishing vessels which have significant foreign interests in their ownership.

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