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Fisheries

Volume 447: debated on Monday 5 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average time taken to enter fisheries data on to the fisheries database was (a) in the last period for which figures are available and (b) in each year since 1997. (73391)

The Marine Fisheries Agency has an operational target to enter all information from fish markets, merchants, fishing log books, landing declarations and sales notes on to the fisheries database within five working days of receipt. This target relates to the processing of returns for which no follow-up or investigative action is required to resolve errors or anomalies.

The capture of information on the date of receipt of forms at port offices was introduced in April 2003, and information for earlier periods cannot be provided.

Period

Percentage of forms entered within five working days

2003-04

81.2

2004-05

95.1

2005-06

94.5