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Seas and Oceans

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 10th January 2008.

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Photo of Bill Wiggin Bill Wiggin Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the effect of the proposals in the Planning Bill on (a) the proposed Marine Bill and (b) the marine environment; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jonathan R Shaw Jonathan R Shaw Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Marine, Landscape and Rural Affairs) and Minister for the South East), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

DEFRA Ministers and officials have worked closely with the Department for Communities and Local Government on the development of both the Marine and Planning Bills. We will continue to do so during their passage through Parliament to ensure that our proposals for new legislation are coherent and compatible.

Both Bills seek to promote the Government's policy of sustainable development in the marine environment.

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