Mr. Deputy Speaker (Sir Michael Lord): With the leave of the House, I will put motions 4, 5, 6 and 7 together.
Motion made, and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 118(6)),
Representation of the People
That the draft European Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) Regulations 2009, which were laid before this House on 24 November, in the previous Session of Parliament, be approved.
That the draft European Parliament (Disqualification) (United Kingdom and Gibraltar) Order 2009, which was laid before this House on 26 November, in the previous Session of Parliament, be approved.
National Election Expenditure
That the draft European Parliamentary Elections (Loans and Related Transactions and Miscellaneous Provisions) (United Kingdom and Gibraltar) Order 2009, which was laid before this House on 20 January, be approved.
That the draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (Agreements concluded under Article XXI GATS) Order 2008, which was laid before this House on 4 December, be approved.—(Mr. Frank Roy.)
Question agreed to.
European Union Documents
Motion made, and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 119(11)),
Total Allowable Catches and Quotas and Recovery of Cod Stocks
That this House takes note of European Union Documents No. 15578/08 and Addenda 1 to 3, draft Council Regulation fixing for 2009 the fishing opportunities and associated conditions for certain fish stocks and groups of fish vessels, applicable in Community waters, and for Community vessels, in waters where catch limitations are required, and No. 7676/08 and Addenda 1 and 2, draft Council Regulation amending Regulation (EC) No. 423/2004 as regards the recovery of cod stocks and amending Regulation (EEC) No. 2847/93; supports the Government’s approach, which is in line with the principles enshrined in the Common Fisheries Policy, to seek adoption of measures to provide for sustainable exploitation of fishery resources based on sound scientific advice and on the precautionary approach; and accepts the Government’s overarching approach in seeking a balanced and fair settlement across all the negotiations which promote the long-term sustainable exploitation of fish stocks in European waters, the economic viability of the UK fishing industry and the protection of vulnerable species.—(Mr. Frank Roy.)
Question agreed to.
That the Overview and Scrutiny (Reference by Councillors) (Excluded Matters) (England) Order 2008 (S.I., 2008, No. 3261), dated 18 December 2008, be referred to a Delegated Legislation Committee.—(Mr. Frank Roy.)