HC Deb 22 June 2000 vol 352 cc299-300W
Mr. Mitchell

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what the compliance rates are of vessels registered in other EU member states which are obliged to carry operational satellite monitoring equipment. [125699]

Mr. Morley

The Ministry does not have detailed information about the compliance rates of vessels registered in other member states obliged to carry satellite monitoring equipment. Such information would be held by the relevant flag state authorities. However, we understand that the position in other member states is similar to the UK. Compliance by vessels from other member states operating in British Fishery Limits has been good. Action will, and already has been taken against EU vessels fishing in UK waters that are not complying with the directive on satellite monitoring equipment.