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Angling: Licensing

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) full and (b) concessionary cost of a (i) coarse and trout and (ii) salmon and sea trout rod licence was in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (201440)

The following table shows the full and concessionary cost of a (i) non-migratory trout and coarse and (ii) salmon and sea trout licence in each of the last five years.

£

Salmon and sea trout

Non migratory trout and coarse fish

Full

Concessionary

Full

Concessionary

2004-05

62.00

31.00

23.00

11.50

2005-06

63.50

31.75

23.50

11.75

2006-07

65.00

32.50

24.00

12.00

2007-08

66.50

33.35

24.50

12.25

2008-09

68.00

45.00

25.00

16.75

I should point out that the Environment Agency is under no legal obligation to offer rod licences to any class of persons at concessionary duty rates. Both the agency and I recognise that the increase in concessionary duty rates for this year is significant and the agency has publicly stated that it will use a significant proportion of the monies raised by the higher duty rates to improve access to angling for the disabled and senior anglers. I welcome this and I will seek evidence from the agency that it has honoured that commitment.