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Seabed: Scotland

Volume 468: debated on Wednesday 28 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has received from the Scottish Executive on changes to the control of the sea bed up to the 200 nautical miles limit around Scotland, with particular reference to the proposed Marine Bill; and if he will make a statement. (166204)

During the preparation of the Marine Bill White Paper and the draft Marine Bill, DEFRA has received representations from the devolved administrations regarding the appropriate balance of responsibilities in the UK marine area. In coming to a view on legislation, the Government work closely with the devolved administrations. Proposals for a UK Marine Bill will be brought forward in due course.