Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:11 pm on 7th December 2005.

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Photo of William McCrea William McCrea Shadow Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) 3:11 pm, 7th December 2005

I thank my hon. Friend for her intervention and simply direct her question and her information to the Minister and press him to take the point seriously and investigate it now, before the Fisheries Council meeting.

I ask the Minister to take account of the current fuel crisis, which is affecting the industry. Hon. Members must be aware of the problems that increasing fuel costs have caused. Some member states have assisted their fishing sector on that but, typically, the United Kingdom has not.