HL Deb 08 November 2004 vol 666 cc63-4WA
Lord Mason of Barnsley

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 20 November 2003 (WA 363–64), what progress has been made in satisfying the European Commission against its charges of the United Kingdom's failings on the conservation and sustainable exploitation of fisheries resources under the Common Fisheries Policy. [HL4590]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Whitty)

A formal response was sent to the Commission in January 2004 which set out the controls already in place in the UK Fisheries Departments and the steps that are to be taken during 2004 and 2005 to strengthen existing arrangements in order to ensure that the UK fully met the obligations that arise from the CFP.

The opinion of the infraction chefs is still awaited.

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