Peter Aldous raises quota concerns of under-10 metre fishing fleet

Following the Secretary of State’s report from the Agriculture and Fisheries Council in Brussels, Peter Aldous calls on him to help ensure that in future quota reallocation the under-10s are not compromised by not having kept records.

Peter Aldous (Waveney) (Con): I, too, congratulate the Minister on his work in the negotiations before Christmas and over the past two and a half years on behalf of the under-10 metre fleet. There is concern that in future work on the reallocation of quota, the under-10s will be compromised by not having kept records. Will he confirm that he will work with the industry to address that concern?

Richard Benyon: I hope my hon. Friend would concede that I am on record as having faced criticism from some quarters for reallocating quota to the under-10 metre sector. I strongly believe that fishing opportunity is a national resource, and this rather bizarre business is about the allocation of that national resource. I firmly believe that the under-10 metre sector is important socially as well as economically, and I will continue to do what I can to make its life better.

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