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Marine Resources

Volume 407: debated on Tuesday 24 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in what ways the exclusive competence allocated to the EU by the draft constitution over marine resources differs from the CFP's competence; and how it affects the (a) six and (b) 12 mile limit. [117724]

The draft EU Constitutional Treaty is in our view a clarification of existing EU competence with regards to the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). There is no extension of competence, and the six and twelve mile limits are unaffected.