§ Mr. Deakins
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, further to his answer to the hon. Member for Waltham Forest on 26 February, Official Report, c. 435–36, if he will specify those waters where the United Kingdom requirement is for an adequate zone of exclusive access and preference beyond.
§ Mr. Buchanan-Smith
Our requirements, which my right hon. Friend and I have frequently explained to the House and to the EEC Council of Fisheries Ministers include, firstly, an exclusive 12-mile belt measured from the baselines of the territorial sea, though with some recognition of well-established historic rights; and, secondly, provision for areas outside 12 miles off North Scotland and in the Irish Sea in which fishing is conducted in a way which provides the dependent local fishing communities with a genuine preference.