HC Deb 11 September 2003 vol 410 cc468-9W
Mrs. Iris Robinson

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will amend the relevant legislation in order to permit the purchasing of fishing permits for Strangford Lough as part of the ADSEA project. [126255]

Angela Smith

Legal advice to the Department indicates that the proposed legislative amendment is outside the legislative competence of an Order in Council under the Northern Ireland Act 2001 as it would make provision which is contrary to Community Law and/or contravenes a right granted under the European Convention on Human Rights.

Accordingly, it is not proposed to amend the legislation.

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