Seas and Oceans: Environment Protection

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 1st February 2008.

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Photo of Roger Williams Roger Williams Shadow Secretary of State for Wales, Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

(1) what recent discussions officials in his Department have had with officials in the Welsh Assembly Government on the devolution of powers consequent on the passage of the proposed Marine Bill; what the date was of the last meeting on the subject; and what matters were discussed;

(2) what recent discussions officials in his Department have had with officials in the Scottish Executive on the devolution of powers consequent on the passage of the proposed Marine Bill; what the date was of the last meeting on the subject; and what matters were discussed.

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

In coming to a view on legislation, the Government works closely with the devolved Administrations. My officials are in contact and meet regularly with counterparts in the devolved Administrations to discuss marine issues including the Marine Bill. Discussions cover the full range of policy areas set out in the Marine Bill White Paper.

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