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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:35 am on 26th January 2023.

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Photo of Charles Walker Charles Walker Chair, Administration Committee, Chair, Administration Committee 10:35 am, 26th January 2023

I am full of good will this morning, Mr Speaker, having caught sight of your wonderful socks, the colour of Chorley rock.

I draw the House’s attention to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests in relation to the Angling Trust. We stand on the threshold of something really exciting: we are about to establish a recreational catch-and-release big game tuna fishery in the south-west of this country. No longer will people have to travel to exotic climes to catch enormous fish, and where big fish swim, anglers follow, spending money on hotels, guides and restaurants. Can we have a debate to celebrate that fantastic development, to discuss how we can maximise the economic benefits to the south-west and to thank the Minister for Food, Farming and Fisheries, my right hon. Friend Mark Spencer, for his perseverance in driving it forward?