Fishing Industry (Aid)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th March 1983.

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Photo of Austin Mitchell Austin Mitchell Opposition Whip (Commons) 12:00 am, 17th March 1983

Does the Minister accept the importance of urgent decisions and an announcement on further temporary aid to the industry, and on a restructuring plan, if the industry is to survive the crisis of confidence that hangs over it and over the ancillary engineering industries related to fishing? It needs such aid to avoid further bankruptcies and a reduction in the number of fishing vessels. Does the Minister further accept that the matter is important in the light of the poor prices realised at fish auctions so far this season? Does he also accept the need for urgent restructuring if we are to have a viable fleet that can match our competitors, who are developing their fleets?