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Fishing Catches: Computer Software

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 13th March 2020.

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Photo of Luke Pollard Luke Pollard Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, who (a) requested and (b) authorised the removal from the Government Digital Services website of the original published report of the Record your catches beta assessment and its replacement with an edited version on 12 February 2020.

Photo of Victoria Prentis Victoria Prentis The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Following concerns raised from the public about the wording used within the report, the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) contacted the Government Digital Service (GDS) to request that this was removed from their website. An amended version removing the content causing offence was then published at the request of the MMO.

The wording used within the original report comes from independent research undertaken during the initial process of developing the catch recording app. It does not reflect the views of the MMO, Defra or GDS.

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