Northumberland Coast (Fishing Limit)

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th February 1972.

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Photo of Mr Edward Milne Mr Edward Milne , Blyth 12:00 am, 29th February 1972

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if, arising from recent approaches from the Northumberland Fishing Association and other bodies, he will take the steps necessary to increase the six-mile fishing limit from Berwick to Coquet Island to 12 miles and thus keep in line with the rest of the east coast.

Photo of Mr James Prior Mr James Prior , Lowestoft

No, Sir. The negotiations on the terms of entry to the European Communities have been concluded.

Photo of Mr Edward Milne Mr Edward Milne , Blyth

Is the Minister aware that his reply underlines the sell-out not only of the interests of the North Northumberland fishermen, but, indeed, of our Norwegian E.F.T.A. partners? If, in the agreement to which he referred in his reply, it is possible to keep the whole of the Northumberland coast on a 12-mile limit for conservation, why was it decided earlier by our negotiators to give away six miles for other fishing limits?

Photo of Mr James Prior Mr James Prior , Lowestoft

I do not accept what the hon. Gentleman has said. On that part of the coast the base lines are extremely favourable to the local fishermen, as I pointed out on a tracing which I sent to him.

Photo of Mr Thomas Peart Mr Thomas Peart , Workington

Is the Minister aware that very many members of the inshore fishing industry believe that the Government have sold them down the river?

Photo of Mr James Prior Mr James Prior , Lowestoft

The only people who believe that are some of the anti-Marketeers on the benches opposite.