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Fisheries: Fuels

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will meet representatives of the fishing industry to discuss the effects of fuel prices on competitiveness in the industry. (204626)

[holding answer 9 May 2008]: I am always pleased to meet representatives of the fishing industry and do so on a regular basis. I have recently agreed to meet with representatives of the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations to discuss fuel prices.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will commission research on the effects of fuel prices on competitiveness in the fishing industries. (204627)

[holding answer 9 May 2008]: The price of fuel is one of the factors taken into account in formulating policy intended to maximise the competitiveness of the UK fishing industry. I have no plans to commission research into the effects of fuel prices in isolation.