|Fisheries: Total Allowable Catches and Quotas 2001
Mr. Nicholls: Will the Minister give way?
Mr. Morley: I have only two minutes, so I shall finish my point.
The hon. Member for Teignbridge mentioned national control. We cannot turn back the clock, although people can argue that decisions taken in the past were not in this country's best interests. The idea of establishing national control needs to be further explained. Which vessels will be excluded from our waters and what will be the consequences for our fishermen fishing in non-UK waters? How will that be achieved if fishermen do not agree? It was rightly said that that issue was one of treaty change, which would require abolition of the veto. The Conservative party is not keen on doing that, and people should not make false promises to the fishing industry.
The Council will be difficult. Hon. Members who have spoken agree on the issues on which we need to concentrate. I shall certainly try to address those issues and obtain the best deal for our industry. I shall also try to keep an eye on sustainability, sound science and the long-term future and viability of the UK fishing industry.
Question put and agreed to.
Committee rose at one minute to Seven o'clock.
The following Members attended the Committee:
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