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Fisheries: Quotas

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 10 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 21 November 2007, Official Report, column 865W on Fisheries: Quotas, on what Quota Management Change Programme proposals his Department was prepared to consult in autumn 2007; if he will place a copy of drafts in the Library; and if he will make a statement. (176139)

As noted in my answer of 21 November to the hon. Member, DEFRA and the devolved fisheries administrations had been planning to consult on the findings of the Quota Management Change Programme (QMCP) in autumn 2007. When the Scottish Executive announced its withdrawal from the QMCP in June 2007, the draft consultation document was incomplete, with some further work required which would have been carried out before the planned autumn consultation. Subsequent developments have in any case overtaken certain aspects of the draft proposals. In these circumstances, the publication of the draft document in its present form would be misleading and unhelpful.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to make changes to the management and quota arrangements for the 10 metre and under fleet; and if he will make a statement. (176144)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 12 December 2007, Official Report, column 703W.