Written Answers. - Sectoral Committee on Fisheries.

405.

asked the Minister for Fisheries and Forestry the action he plans to take on the report of the sectoral development committee on the sea fishing and aquaculture industry published last October; and if he proposes to accept their recommendation that the Government issue a White Paper providing the different sectors within the fishing industry with a development framework.

406.

asked the Minister for Fisheries and Forestry the action he proposes to take on the recommendations of the sectoral committee on fisheries; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 405 and 406 together.

The position is as set out in par. 2.55 of the national plan,Building on Reality where it was stated that the future development of the industry was being examined in the context of the report of the Sectoral Development Committee on the Fishing and Aquaculture Industry and that a policy white paper on the development of the industry would be issued at an early date. The recommendations of the Sectoral Consultative Committee on Fisheries were taken into account by the sectoral development committee when drawing up their report.