HC Deb 13 February 2004 vol 418 cc130-1W
Mr. Ben Chapman

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will hasten implementation of the Dee Cockle Regulation Order following the incident in Morecambe Bay on Thursday 5 February. [154461]

Mr. Bradshaw

The Department will take action to make a Regulating Order under the Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) Act 1967 once the prospective grantee, the Environment Agency in Wales, has submitted a formal application for an Order. I understand that the Agency has made good progress in obtaining the necessary written consents from landowners and that it expects to forward its formal application to the Department in March.