Created: 06 July 2018
Earlier this week, Andrew contributed during a statement made by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove MP, on Sustainable Fisheries. He spoke about supporting more young people to enter the fishing and food processing industries and how we can grow the sector.
You can ready Andrew's contribution and the Secretary of State’s reply below:
Andrew Percy (Brigg and Goole) (Con)
Four decades-plus ago, the trawlermen of the Humber were sold down the river by our membership of the European Union. There is still huge anger in our area about how they were treated, which probably explains why we sensibly voted by a margin of 67% to leave the EU. I therefore welcome this announcement. May I urge the Secretary of State to work with the Department of Communities and Local Government—or whatever it is called this week—on the management of the coastal communities fund to look at how we can use it to support more of our young people going into the fishing and food processing industries, and at how we can grow the sector?
My hon. Friend makes a very good point. I think that one of the reasons why the vote to leave was as high as it was in his constituency was not just memories of what had happened four decades ago, but his force of advocacy in putting the case for the benefits of life outside the European Union. He is right that we need to do a lot more for our coastal communities, which face particular social and economic challenges. Reviving the fishing industry and an economic renaissance in fish processing can help, but there is more to do. With a formidable advocate like my hon. Friend for communities such as Brigg and Goole, I am sure that the Government’s feet will be held to the fire.