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Fishing Industry

Volume 405: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the European Commission's recovery plan to save cod from extinction in (a) the North Sea and (b) other fishing grounds around Britain. [113473]

I have been asked to reply.The European Commission have recently published proposals for the long-term recovery of cod stocks, both in the North Sea and elsewhere. We are currently considering these proposals in consultation with the UK fishing industry.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has held with the EU Fisheries Commissioner. [113475]

I have been asked to reply.I regularly speak to Commissioner Fischler, and last did so at the Agriculture and Fisheries Council on 8 April 2003.