Sea Fisheries Committees

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 24th 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 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.

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

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
SFC Number Percentage Number Percentage Number Percentage Number
Cornwall 13 50 12 46.15 1 3.84 26
Cumbria 7 50 6 42.86 1 7.14 14
Devon 10 50 9 45 1 5 20
Eastern 10 50 9 45 1 5 20
Isles of Scilly 4 50 4 50 0 0 8
Kent and Essex 12 54.54 9 40.9 1 4.55 22
Northumberland 10 50 9 45 1 5 20
North Eastern 18 50 17 47.22 1 2.77 36
North Western and North Wales 20 52.63 9 23.68 9 23.68 38
Southern 10 50 9 45 1 5 20
Sussex 10 50 9 45 1 5 20

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.

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