HL Deb 23 April 2001 vol 625 cc14-5WA
Lord Mason of Barnsley

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many national fishing licences were sold during the last year: in the categories: (a) salmon, (b) trout and (c) coarse fishing; what prices are being charged for the 2001 season, and from which outlets; and whether there are any changes in the qualifications for a licence. [HL1641]

Baroness Hayman

The provisional numbers of national rod fishing licences sold in 2000–01 were:

  1. (a) salmon and sea trout; 29,549
  2. (b) coarse fishing (including non-migratory trout) 1,075,434

(NB there is no separate trout or coarse fish licence)

The cost of the various types of licences for the 2001–02 season are:

Licence type Migratory Salmonids Coarse and Trout
Full £59 £20
Concessionary £29.50 £10
Junior £29.50 £5
8-day £16.50 £6.50
1-day £5.50 £2.50

These licences can be obtained from all post offices in England and Wales and some on the Scottish border, as well as from some larger fisheries. Licences may also be obtained by telephone (0870 1662662) or via the Internet (www.environment agency.gov.uk/ fish).

Anyone can buy a national licence. The criteria for eligibility for concessionary licences are unchanged, although the price of a licence has been halved for junior anglers.