Common Fisheries Policy

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 24th February 2014.

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Photo of Austin Mitchell Austin Mitchell Labour, Great Grimsby

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the UK’s position was on permitting EU nations to purchase fishing rights from other EU nations; and which UK fishing rights have been sold under such provision to other countries.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

During recent negotiations to reform the common fisheries policy (CFP), the UK successfully opposed the introduction of European Commission proposals that would have enabled the trading of fishing rights between EU member states. The UK was clear that the new CFP should respect the right of member states to make arrangements to manage their quotas and fishing opportunities in a way that best fits their own circumstances.

No UK fishing rights have been sold to other countries.

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