To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions Ministers in his Department have had with their Ministerial colleagues in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to resolve outstanding issues in relation to the Marin Management Organisation.
The Department for Transport (DFT) is a sponsoring Department of the MMO, and as such we have interests in most aspects of the Organisation's work which includes marine planning and licensing, conservation, and fisheries management.
A ministerial roundtable is currently being set up to discuss ports planning and environmental matters. This will include MMO and relevant Ministers from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and the Department for Communities and Local Government.
I meet the MMO's chief executive on a quarterly basis to discuss all matters of interest to the DFT. In addition, a senior official from this Department is a member of a cross-Government Sponsorship Group which provides support and advice to DEFRA's Secretary of State on the discharge of the MMO's responsibilities under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009.