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Volume 699: debated on Monday 3 March 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is their estimate of the proportion of fish eaten in the United Kingdom which has been illegally imported through the Canary Islands; and [HL1981]

What discussions have been held at official and ministerial level with the European Union Commission and the Government of Spain about the reportedly illegal importation of fish into Europe through the Canary Islands; and what has been the outcome of those discussions. [HL1982]

We have no estimates of the proportion of fish eaten in the UK from illegal sources through the Canary Islands. Once inside the EU via the Canaries such products would be able to trade freely and are not recorded.

Discussions have been held between UK and Spanish officials proposing joint studies on understanding vulnerability of national entry points to illegal, unreported and unregulated fish. These studies are yet to start.

All member states are currently in negotiation with the Commission at council working groups regarding the Commission's draft regulation to establish a Community system to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal unreported and unregulated fishing. This includes provisions to improve the control of entry of illegal unregulated and unreported fish and fish products to the EU.