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Fisheries: Quotas

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will provide a detailed breakdown of the distribution of 2008 fishing quota to (a) producer organisations, (b) the 10 metre and under fleet and (c) the non-sector; what the estimated value is of this quota; and if he will make a statement. (177617)

Work is under way to allocate UK quotas to industry sectors, but it is not yet complete. It is not possible to make the allocations until final catch data for 2007 are available in order to assess whether penalties or compensation should apply. We also need to know what quota for 2008, in addition to that allocated to the UK at the December Council, is available. Officials are working to a timetable to make provisional quota allocations by mid April, and final allocations by mid May.

It is not possible to make any estimate of the value of the quotas until the allocations are made.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to allow the 10 metre and under fleet to lease quota in 2008; and if he will make a statement. (177618)

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he has identified possible quota swaps to benefit the 10 metre and under fleet; and if he will make a statement. (177619)

Two international swaps have been completed with Germany and the Netherlands to acquire an additional 150 tonnes of value North Sea sole quota for inshore fishermen operating in the southern North Sea. We are continuing to explore the scope for further swaps to boost fishing opportunities in key 10 metre and under fisheries.