Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Fisheries Research Board.

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asked the Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries if he will consider establishing a fisheries research board consisting of a permanent chairman and about 18 members who would be appointed for a term of five years, approximately, the majority of whom could be drawn from universities and research foundations, including representation from the fishing industry itself, to advise him on all aspects of the biological, technological and oceanographic development of the industry.

A number of proposals relating to different aspects of fisheries research including the procedures for scientific consultation, are at present under examination in my Department.

Surely this is something which has been under consideration for some time? Can the Parliamentary Secretary give any indication when we will see some results from this examination?

I expect the results next year.