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Fisheries: Enforcement

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 4 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will place in the Library copies of the correspondence his Department has had with the Marine and Fisheries Agency on the number of annual (a) patrol days and (b) hours of aerial surveillance coverage required for the purposes of fisheries enforcement and protection; and if he will make a statement. (190471)

DEFRA has had no such correspondence with the Marine and Fisheries Agency. Arrangements for the provision of aerial and surface surveillance coverage are an operational matter for the Marine and Fisheries Agency to decide upon, in order to ensure the effective tasking and deployment of patrol vessels and surveillance aircraft.