Fishery Protection (Northumberland)

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th March 1973.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Mr Edward Milne Mr Edward Milne , Blyth 12:00 am, 20th March 1973

asked the Minister of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the operation of the fishery protection vessels on the Northumberland coast following the decision taken on joining the EEC for a six-mile limit in the area from Coquet Island to Berwick and 12 miles in the rest of the Northumberland coastline.

Photo of Mr Antony Buck Mr Antony Buck , Colchester

Two ships of the Fishery Protection Squadron, assisted by Service aircraft, have been regularly patrolling the Northumberland coast during the recent sprat season. No foreign infringements were reported or detected.

Photo of Mr Edward Milne Mr Edward Milne , Blyth

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that this underlines the necessity for reviewing the six-mile limit in the area of Northumberland specified in the Question? Does he agree that there is no necessity for an arbitrary arrangement which gives a six-mile limit to one part of the country's coastline and 12 miles to the other part? Will he urge his right hon. Friend who is responsible for this decision to review it as quickly as possible?

Photo of Mr Antony Buck Mr Antony Buck , Colchester

I shall pass on what the hon. Gentleman has said to my right hon. Friend. Regarding the existing situation, I was patrolling for a couple of days off the Northumberland coast in HMS "Brinton". It seems at present that Navy support is sufficient to deal with the regulations which exist.