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Fisheries: EC Action

Volume 473: debated on Friday 14 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what correspondence he received from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the (a) proposed European Constitution and (b) Lisbon Treaty on (i) fisheries, (ii) the marine environment and (iii) marine biological resources; and if he will make a statement. (190952)

My right hon. Friends the Foreign Secretary and the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs correspond regularly on a range of EU business, including on matters concerning the Lisbon treaty and, in the past, the abandoned constitutional treaty.

The Lisbon treaty extends co-decision to agriculture and fisheries, but otherwise does not make any significant change in relation to fisheries and marine policy issues where it simply reflects the extent of powers under the current treaties.