§ Mr. Warren
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will specify the principles of fisheries conservation, in particular the mesh and trawl measurements, which the United Kingdom intends to enforce in the six to 12-mile sea limit when a member of the Common Market.
§ Mr. Prior
The common fisheries policy of the E.E.C. enables us to continue to take necessary conservation measures within the 12 mile limit, provided that they are applied on a non-discriminatory basis. Our regulations will continue to be to safeguard the fish stocks and ensure the maximum sustainable yield. There is, however, a year in which to consider what changes or additions may be needed, and I am reviewing the specific regulation now in force to see what changes may be desirable.