HC Deb 24 June 2003 vol 407 c676W
Mr. Austin Mitchell

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in what ways the exclusive competence allocated to the EU by the draft constitution over marine resources differs from the CFP's competence; and how it affects the(a) six and (b) 12 mile limit. [117724]

Mr. Bradshaw

The draft EU Constitutional Treaty is in our view a clarification of existing EU competence with regards to the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). There is no extension of competence, and the six and twelve mile limits are unaffected.