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Darwin Mounds

Volume 405: debated on Thursday 15 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action she will take to protect the Darwin Mounds. [113315]

Regulations transposing that Directive are currently being prepared. I expect these to be the subject of a public consultation exercise shortly. As soon as they are in place the site will be formally proposed by the UK to the European Commission. In parallel, the UK is actively discussing emergency fisheries measures with the European Commission aimed at protecting the site.