HC Deb 20 June 1996 vol 279 cc617-8W
23. Mr. Michael Brown

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when he next intends to discuss fishing matters with EC Commissioner Bonino. [32385]

Mr. Baldry

I most recently discussed fishing matters with Mrs. Bonino at the Fisheries Council on 10 June. No date has yet been fixed for our next discussion.

26. Mr. Spearing

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what studies(a) he and (b) the Council of Agricultural and Fisheries Ministers of the European Community have commissioned in respect of the propagation and conservation policies adopted by Norway within their national territorial waters, and their possible adaptation for use by the European Community. [32388]

Mr. Baldry

UK and other EU fisheries experts maintain close contact with their Norwegian counterparts and the measures applied by Norway: discussions take place on both a formal and an informal basis in various forums. No studies have been commissioned by the UK; nor, so far as we are aware, by the EU. However, Norway and the EU share concerns on the state of North sea stocks. Joint working groups are studying the issues with a view to improving management arrangements for jointly managed stocks. Equally, there are common interests in the production of salmon on which there are continuing contacts.

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