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Marine Bill

Volume 448: debated on Monday 3 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the timetable is for the introduction of the draft Marine Bill; and whether he plans to submit it for pre-legislative scrutiny; (77816)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he expects to publish a draft Marine Bill; and whether he plans to submit it for pre-legislative scrutiny; (77579)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the timescale is for the introduction of the draft Marine Bill; and if he will make a statement; (80146)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether a draft Marine Bill will be published in the current parliamentary session. (80562)

DEFRA published a consultation document on 29 March 2006 that outlined the Government's thinking in a number of key areas that will be addressed by a Marine Bill. The consultation period was three months. We will need to take the consultation responses into account before taking a decision on the timing of and arrangements for further consultation on detailed proposals or a draft Bill. Introduction of a Marine Bill will follow later in this Parliament, subject to the availability of Parliamentary time.