§ Mr. Gill
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to the Government's reply to the eighth report from the Agriculture Committee, Session 1998–99 on Sea Fishing (HC 141–1) page ix, if he will make a statement on the expression, "with fishermen's interests protected by the legal concept of legitimate expectation". 
§ Mr. Morley
The rules under which quota allocations are made available to producer organisations and other groups within the fishing industry are the subject of annual consultation with industry representatives. Throughout the 1990s allocations have been linked to previous fishing activity. For most quota stocks, with the introduction of fixed quota allocations, this is now the catches made during the reference period 1994–96.