To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2008, Official Report, column 1108W, on sea fisheries committees, how many appointees there are on each sea fisheries committee; what the percentage and number appointed to each Sea Fisheries Committee by (a) the Government, (b) local authorities and (c) other organisations is; and if he will make a statement.
Orders that establish each Sea Fisheries Committee (SFC) district prescribe the total number and breakdown of members on each Committee.
Members appointed to each SFC by Ministers, local authorities and other organisations, by number and percentage, are as follows:
|Appointed by local authorities||Appointed by DEFRA||Appointed by other organisations||Total|
|Isles of Scilly||4||50||4||50||0||0||8|
|Kent and Essex||12||54.54||9||40.9||1||4.55||22|
|North Western and North Wales||20||52.63||9||23.68||9||23.68||38|
The Environment Agency appoints one member to each SFC, with the exception of the Isles of Scilly. Ministerial appointees to North Western and North Wales SFC are the joint responsibility of DEFRA and the Welsh Ministers. Appointments to South Wales SFC are solely a matter for the Welsh Ministers.
DEFRA is in the process of appointing new members to fill three vacancies.