Select Committee on European Union Fortieth Report


Letter from the Chairman to Ben Bradshaw MP, Minister for Local Environment, Marine and Animal Welfare, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

  Sub-Committee D (Environment and Agriculture) has considered the proposals outlined in your Memorandum on the above.

  These proposals certainly represent a step in the right direction, and we have noted that they seek to build on proposals put forward at the end of last year by the UK Presidency. We therefore support what is proposed, noting in doing so that this is in line with earlier suggestions of ours.

  We note also however that, while efforts will be made to increase the number of fish stocks to which Spring ICES advice can be applied, the timing of TAC proposals in respect of stocks which will remain subject to Autumn advice will remain unchanged. It is not clear to us to what extent this will alleviate the position for agreeing TACs in respect of those stocks which are most interest to UK fisherman. We therefore wish to keep the position under review and would be grateful if you would keep us in touch with developments on this issue.

20 July 2006

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