HC Deb 09 November 1999 vol 337 c496W
Sir Richard Body

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many EU vessels, by nationality, are covered by agreements with non-EU countries for fisheries access; what is the total cost of these agreements to the EU budget; and if he will deposit the Commission report on third country fisheries agreements in the Library. [97521]

Mr. Morley

I have placed a copy of the summary report on the "Evaluation of the Fisheries Agreements Concluded by the European Community", prepared for the European Commission by IFREMER, in the Library of the House.

According to this report, the average annual number of licences issued to EU vessels to fish in third country waters between 1993 and 1997, broken down by nationality, is as follows:

Country Total average annual number of licences
Austria 0
Belgium 62
Denmark 865
Finland 5
France 255
Germany 159
Greece 1
Ireland 2
Italy 11
Luxembourg 0
Netherlands 187
Portugal 46
Spain 953
Sweden 54
UK 433

The report also indicates that the average annual total cost to the EU budget of agreements with third countries between 1993 and 1997 was 211 million euros.