§ Mr. David Clark
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will now announce a ban on beam trawling within the 12-mile limit.
§ Mr. Anthony Stodart
The results of consultations with the fishing industry about possible beam trawling restrictions are now being assessed. I have regarded it as essential that all those interested within the industry should have the chance of putting their point of view, but I intend to announce a decision shortly.