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Spanish Fishing Vessels

Volume 177: debated on Monday 23 July 1990

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what are the implications for the United Kingdom fishing fleet of recent court decisions relating to re-registered Spanish fishing vessels; and whether he will make a statement.

The recent judgment of the European Court of Justice in case 213/89 Factortame means that national courts may grant interim relief in respect of a national law when there is an alleged breach of Community law rights, pending a ruling on the substantive issue. The question whether such relief should be given was heard by the House of Lords at the beginning of the month.

The House of Lords is expected to give a ruling before the summer recess and it is not possible to assess the implications before that announcement is made.