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Fishing Catches

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2007, Official Report, columns 707-08W, on fishing catches, (1) for what reasons the discard data under Council Regulation 1543/2000 have not been systematically compiled; and if he will make a statement; (180747)

(2) what steps are being taken to ensure that discard data under Council Regulation 1543/2000 are systematically compiled; and if he will make a statement;

(3) what action is being taken by the Commission in relation to EU Member States which have not complied with their obligations under Council Regulation 1543/2000; and if he will make a statement.

The Commission monitors the degree to which member states comply with their obligations to collect data under Council Regulation 1543/2000, through a requirement to submit annual technical reports on the work carried out. These reports include a section where member states report on the scientific working groups to which they have provided data. The Commission compares this with reports from these working groups on the data received, to assess the level to which each member state has complied with their obligations.

Proposed changes to the regulation have been discussed. The UK has underlined the key aim of ensuring that the needs for information of such groups charged with providing advice to the Commission and member states are met. The Commission has taken this on board in the proposed changes to the regulation, formalising the requirement to provide information to scientific working groups within the regulation and proposing penalty measures to be applied to the level of funding granted to member states that do not comply with these obligations.

The UK will be supporting the Commission’s intentions to ensure that data from all member states are accurate, timely and fit for purpose.