§ 21. Mr. Ian Bruce
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if she will make a statement on the progress of talks over the implementation of days-at-sea regulations.
§ Mr. Jack
I have visited a dozen ports in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and met local fishermen and representatives from around 80 organisations associated with fishing. We are now considering the results of these consultations and the results of parallel discussions in Scotland, together with the formal responses we have received from the National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations and from the Scottish Fishermen's Federation, and we shall be announcing our plans soon.