§ The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Mr. Fred Peart)
The effect must depend in part upon the outcome of the Community reappraisal of the Common Fisheries Policy and upon possible negotiations with third countries.
§ Mr. Wall
Does the right hon. Gentleman understand that it is essential within the economic zone to provide a 100-mile exclusive zone for the British fishing industry if it is to have a future? What is he doing to prepare now for protection of the 100-mile exclusive and 200-mile international limits?
§ Mr. McNamara
My right hon. Friend will be welcome in Hull to see the trawlers laid up there and to open the new fish dock. Is it the Government's intention in the negotiations to press for an exclusive economic zone of 100 miles for British fishermen and not just to support the idea of a 200-mile international limit? Is that the Government's negotiating position?
§ Mr. Henderson
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that he will have the support of all sides of the House if he takes a firm stand on the need for a 100-mile exclusive zone within the EEC policy? Will he tell the Community that he regards this as a fundamental national interest and that in the event of the Community failing to understand that position we shall withdraw from Community institutions until it does?
§ Mr. Skinner
Is it not a fact that in this problem as in that of potatoes my right hon. Friend is hampered by British membership of the Common Market? Is it not the case that right across the whole range of foodstuffs we are in difficulties as a result of our membership?
§ Mr. Beith
Will the Minister bear in mind that in negotiations concerning the 200-mile limit he faces the particularly important and difficult task of safeguarding the position of our inshore fishermen? Is he aware that if the deep-sea vessels withdraw from other waters into inshore waters, and if there is what has sometimes been called "fruitful swapping" of rights with other countries for waters and rights elsewhere, British inshore fishermen may be deprived of their customary fishing grounds?