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Seas and Oceans

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 10 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the effect of the proposals in the Planning Bill on (a) the proposed Marine Bill and (b) the marine environment; and if he will make a statement. (176146)

DEFRA Ministers and officials have worked closely with the Department for Communities and Local Government on the development of both the Marine and Planning Bills. We will continue to do so during their passage through Parliament to ensure that our proposals for new legislation are coherent and compatible.

Both Bills seek to promote the Government’s policy of sustainable development in the marine environment.