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Marine Issues

Volume 405: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what environmental responsibilities she has in relation to marine issues. [113331]

As Secretary of State for Scotland I represent Scottish interests in reserved matters within the Government. Lead policy responsibility for reserved aspects of marine environment policy lies with DEFRA. Matters reserved to the Government are set out in Schedule 5 of the Scotland Act 1998.