Angling: Licensing

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 18th April 2017.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much has accrued to the public purse from the fishing rod license in each of the last five years.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The table below shows the Environment Agency sales figures of rod licences in each of the past five years:

Year

Rod licence sales (£ million)

2012/13

21.8

2013/14

21.6

2014/15

21.5

2015/16

21.1

2016/17

20.6

The rod licence year runs from 1st April to March 31st.

The fees the Environment Agency collects through rod licence sales are spent on providing a fisheries service to fishing licence holders. The Environment Agency’s fisheries functions, for which it has powers to collects licence fees, relate to maintaining, improving and developing salmon, trout, freshwater, and eel fisheries as specified in the Environment Act 1995.

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