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|Estimated discards of west of Scotland stocks by vessels registered in Scotland, 1998 to 2007|
|Number of fishing vessels registered in the UK, 1997 to 2007|
|Under 10 metres||10 metres+||Total|
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the weight of discards of fish caught in the North Sea was in the latest period for which figures are available, broken down by (a) nationality of fishing vessel and (b) fish type. 
Huw Irranca-Davies: We do not have access to estimates of discards by nation for nations other than the UK. However estimates of total international discards, which include estimates of discards for all fleets fishing in the North sea, are available. These can be compared with the estimates of discards by UK fleets to determine the contribution of UK and other fleets to the total quantities discarded.
Estimated discards (tonnes) of North sea cod, haddock and whiting: (Estimates are given for vessels registered in Scotland (Sco), England, Wales and Northern Ireland (EWN) and for all international fleets combined (Total Int)).
|Sco||EWN||Total Int.||Sco||EWN||Total Int.||Sco||EWN||Total Int.|
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures were proposed at the most recent EU Fisheries Council to reduce mesh size; and which countries (a) proposed and (b) supported each such proposal. 
Huw Irranca-Davies: The only such proposal we were aware of concerned a French request to permit the exploitation of a sustainable gill net fishery in the waters to the west of Ireland, by somewhat relaxing the existing static gear restrictions in the area. This was ultimately agreed by all member states, on the grounds that the fishery was sustainable and it would not have any impact on the deep sea stocks the restrictions were intended to protect.
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average (a) length and (b) horsepower of a UK fishing vessel is. 
Huw Irranca-Davies: Based on those vessels registered as UK fishing vessels as at 31 December 2007, the average length of a UK registered fishing vessel was 9.7 metres and the average power was 127 kW.
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average age of the UK (a) under 30 foot and (b) over 30 foot fishing fleet is. 
Huw Irranca-Davies: Based on those vessels registered as UK fishing vessels as at 31 December 2007, the average age of UK registered fishing vessels under 30 feet in length was 23 years. The average age of vessels over 30 feet in length was also 23 years.
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many UK fishing vessels were built in 2008; and what their total tonnage is. 
Huw Irranca-Davies: Of those vessels entering the UK fishing fleet during 2008, sixty three were actually built during 2008, with a gross tonnage of 6,168 tonnes.
Mr. Kidney: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to publish the draft Floods and Water Bill. 
Huw Irranca-Davies: I refer my hon. Friend to my previous reply of 9 December 2008, Official Report, column 39W.
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been paid in Landfill Tax by each London authority in each year since its introduction in 2002; and if he will make a statement. 
Angela Eagle: I have been asked to reply.
It is not possible using landfill tax receipts data to determine how much revenue is received from local authorities. This is because registered landfill site operators pay the tax to HM Revenue and Customs and pass on the cost to their customers through the disposal charges they set. The origin of the landfilled waste is not recorded on the tax return.
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