§ Mr. Nicholls
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will estimate by area in relation to each species of fish covered by quota, the amount of fish discarded from United Kingdom registered fishing vessels in the last five years; what proportion of the fish discarded in each case were(a) of a marketable condition and (b) undersized; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Morley
I refer the hon. Member to the replies given to the hon. Member for Buckingham (Mr. Bercow) on 17 June 1999,Official Report, columns 216–18, and 8 July 1999, Official Report, column 626.
Research work is continuing on why fish are discarded.