Environment Food and Rural Affairs
Mr Andrew George (St Ives, Liberal Democrat)
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress she has made in securing a plan for the long-term sustainability of the North sea cod industry beyond spring 2003.
Mr Elliot Morley (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Scunthorpe, Labour)
At the Fisheries Council in December 2001 the Commission presented a proposal for a Council Regulation establishing measures for the recovery of fish stocks threatened with collapse. This provides for a multi-annual recovery plan for cod and hake stocks. Discussions are continuing.