Common Fisheries Policy

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 22nd January 2009.

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Photo of Bill Wiggin Bill Wiggin Opposition Whip (Commons)

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

(1) when (a) he and (b) his officials were consulted on the terms of Article 47 of the Council Regulation establishing a community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy; and if he will make a statement;

(2) when he expects Article 47 of the Council Regulation establishing a Community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy to be (a) (i) discussed in and (ii) approved by the Council of Ministers and (b) implemented and transposed; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Huw Irranca-Davies Huw Irranca-Davies Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Marine and Natural Environment)

Neither I nor my officials were consulted before the Commission published the current proposal on 17 November. The proposal is scheduled for initial discussion by Ministers at the June Fisheries Council although I would not expect it to be approved then. The proposal has an envisaged implementation date of 1 January 2010, subject to negotiation.

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