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Fish: Imports

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 29 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether he has made a recent assessment of the market impact of the importing of fish and shellfish into the UK for (a) retail and (b) consumption from (i) European Union and (ii) non-European Union countries which would have been illegal had they been landed in the UK; (169414)

(2) what estimate he has made of the annual volume of imported fish from (a) other European Union and (b) non-European Union countries into the UK for consumption which would not have been caught legally had they been landed in the UK.

Information on the volume and value of imports of fish and fish products broken down between European Union and non-European Union countries is published in Chapter 4 of the annual United Kingdom Sea Fisheries Statistics Tables published by the Marine and Fisheries Agency. Copies of the latest edition with data for 2006 have been placed in the Libraries of the House. A further breakdown between those for retail and direct consumption is not available, and an assessment with regards to whether the imports would have been regarded as illegal if they had been landed in the UK, has not been carried out.