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Fishing (French Government Proposals)

Volume 887: debated on Thursday 6 March 1975

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what reports have been received from the French Government and from the Common Market Commissioners concerning the plans of the French Government to subsidise their fishing activities and to prevent the importation of fish from the United Kingdom; and what information he has been given about the relationship of these proposals to Common Market regulations.

Under EEC regulations a member State may request the Commission to make regulations which introduce measures to deal with market disturbances. If the Commission makes such regulations they are communicated to member States and are immediately applicable, but member States may refer such regulations to the Council within three working days of notification. The Council may amend or repeal the regulations. The regulations made by the Commission following the French representations covered only frozen hake fillets and tunny for industrial use imported from third countries.