Fisheries Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:26 pm on 21st November 2018.

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Photo of Michael Gove Michael Gove The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 2:26 pm, 21st November 2018

Absolutely, the Bill explicitly allows us to ensure that new quota can be allocated to the under- 10 metre fleet, which exhibits all the virtues that my hon. Friend outlined. As I mentioned in response to the question from Gareth Thomas, it would be inappropriate to transfer some aspects of quota, but it has been the case, not least under the leadership of my right hon. Friend Richard Benyon, that we have already been transferring quota to the under-10 metre fleet, for the reasons that my hon. Friend mentions.