§ Mr. Austin Mitchell
asked the Prime Minister if she will publish in the Official Report a table showing the British fishing catch each year since 1970 in United Kingdom waters and in more distant waters subject to agreements between the European Economic Community and the states concerned.
§ The Prime Minister
Comprehensive information in the form required is not readily available.
The following figures relate to total catches by United Kingdom vessels in all waters, including those of the member states of the European Community and other countries. Care should be taken in comparing these figures from year to year due to variations in the quantities of the many different species making up the total catch.
Total catches by United Kingdom vessels '000 tonnes liveweight 1970 1,187 1971 1,220 1972 1,191 1973 1,132 1974 1,193 1975 1,081 1976 1,137 1977 1,091 1978 1,127 1979 1,003 1980 904 1981 888 1982 909