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Fisheries: Subsidies

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress is being made on finalising the draft operational programme on the Fisheries Fund for submission to the European Commission; and when he expects it to be submitted. (172027)

I intend to submit the UK operational programme to the European Commission following a public consultation on the draft. This will be a 12-week consultation which I expect to commence early in 2008.

Agreement has now been reached between all UK Fisheries Ministers regarding the division of the UK European Fisheries Fund budget. DEFRA officials are working with their counterparts in the devolved administrations to complete the UK operational programme, in order to enable the consultation to take place.