New Clause 8 - Agency arrangements between sea fish licensing authorities

Part of Fisheries Bill [Lords] – in the House of Commons at 6:00 pm on 13th October 2020.

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‘(1) A sea fish licensing authority may make arrangements for—

(a) any of its fisheries functions, or

(b) any of its product movement functions that are not fisheries functions,

to be exercised on its behalf by another sea fish licensing authority.

(2) Arrangements made by a sea fish licensing authority under subsection (1) in relation to a function do not affect that authority’s responsibility for the exercise of the function.

(3) A sea fish licensing authority that exercises functions on behalf of another sea fish licensing authority under subsection (1) may charge that other authority such fees as it considers reasonable in respect of the cost of doing so.

(4) Subsection (1) does not authorise the making of arrangements in relation to any function of making, confirming or approving subordinate legislation.

(5) The power of a sea fish licensing authority to make arrangements under subsection (1) does not affect, and is not affected by, any other power of the authority to make arrangements relating to the exercise of its functions by other persons on its behalf.

(6) In this section—

“fisheries function” means a function relating to fisheries, fishing or aquaculture;

“product movement function” means a function relating to the movement of fishery products—

(a) into or out of the United Kingdom, or

(b) within the United Kingdom.’—(Victoria Prentis.)

This new clause confers powers on the sea fish licensing authorities to arrange for another such authority to exercise any of their fisheries functions or product movement functions.

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