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Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether it is his policy to support proposals to reduce total allowable catch and fishing opportunities for fish stocks outside safe biological limits at a rate in excess of 15 per cent. per year; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Bradshaw: In most cases, the UK seeks to follow the scientific advice from ICES on the appropriate catch level for a particular stock. However, there are some cases where, while accepting the ICES stock assessment, the UK does not agree with the management advice suggested by ICES. For example, additional information may be available from other sources, which suggests a different approach.
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the proposals in the Commission Communication, Fishing Opportunities for 2008: Policy Statement from the European Commission (COM(2007) 295 final). 
Mr. Bradshaw: The European Commission have asked for responses from member states by 31 July. Fisheries Departments are currently considering the text whilst consulting relevant stakeholders and the UK intends to provide a full response within the deadline.
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whom he will consult before submitting his response to the European Commission on its Communication, Fishing Opportunities for 2008: Policy Statement from the European Commission (COM(2007) 295 final). 
Mr. Bradshaw: My Department is currently consulting a range of fishing industry representatives (including those in the catching, processing and marketing sectors), scientists and environmental and consumer interests. Equivalent consultations are also being carried out in other parts of the UK by the Fisheries Departments in the Devolved Administrations.
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the appropriate level for total allowable catch in 2008 in the North Sea for (a) herring, (b) cod, (c) haddock, (d) whiting, (e) plaice and (f) sole; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the farmgate price of (a) apples, (b) beef, (c) cabbages, (d) carrots, (e) chicken, (f) eggs, (g) lamb, (h) onions, (i) pork, (j) potatoes, (k) tomatoes, (l) wheat and (m) milk was in each year since 1995. 
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(2) Including bonus
Agriculture in the United Kingdom, DEFRA publication; MLC for pork, beef and lamb.
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