HC Deb 28 February 2001 vol 363 cc646-7W
Mr. Salmond

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what review has been carried out by his Department's officials in order that producers' organisations recognised prior to 1995 satisfy EC Regulation 1762/96; and if he will list the proportion of total production by weight, attributable to each producers' organisation for its economic area. [151536]

Mr. Morley

UK Fisheries Departments regularly review the status of producers' organisations in accordance with the provisions of EC Regulation 2939/94, as amended by EC Regulation 1762/96, to ensure that they still meet the recognition criteria. Under EC Regulation 2939/94 a producers' organisation must be responsible for at least 15 per cent. of the production in its area, or at least 30 per cent. of production in a major port in its area. Data from 1999, the latest date for which information is available, for the producers' organisations are set out as follows. It should be noted that the European Commission is currently reviewing the recognition criteria in respect of minimum levels of economic activity.

Producers' organisation Major port for landings Proportion of landings at major port (percentage)
Anglo-North Irish FPO Ltd. Kilkeel 69
Cornish FPO Ltd. Newlyn 72
South Western FPO Ltd. Brixham 71
The FPO Ltd. Hull 84
Anglo-Scottish FPO Ltd. North Shields 76
Yorkshire and Anglia FPO Ltd. Bridlington 38
Northern Ireland FPO Ltd. Portavogie 71
Grimsby FPO Ltd. Scarborough 57
Fleetwood FPO Ltd. Fleetwood 54
Lowestoft FPO Ltd. Lowestoft 59
North Sea FO Ltd. Harlingen 100
Wales and West Coast FPO Ltd. Corunna 62
Northern FPO Ltd. Montrose 88

Producers' organisation Proportion of landings in economic area (percentage)
Aberdeen FPO Ltd. 33
Fife FPO Ltd. 59
North East Scotland FO Ltd. 20
Scottish FO Ltd. 44
Shetland FPO Ltd. 36
West of Scotland FPO Ltd. 119
1 The West of Scotland FPO Ltd. Is only recognized for Nephrops