§ 26. Mr. Bowden
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will ban beam trawling within 12 miles of the coast.
§ Mr. Buchanan-Smith
Within our 12-mile limit the use of beam trawls with an aggregate length greater than 8 metres is already prohibited under existing legislation. I announced last July a review of this rule and I sought the views of the catching interests. I am now considering the results of these consultations.—[Vol. 8, c. 52.]