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

  Thank you for your Supplementary Explanatory Memorandum of 15 May 2006 with Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) attached which Sub Committee D (Environment and Agriculture) considered at its meeting yesterday.

  In your initial Explanatory Memorandum, you accepted the need to reduce fishing mortality for these stocks and to reduce the number of discards. UK beam trawlers (the majority of whom are in fact Dutch owned and based in the Netherlands) would be affected by the proposal. However you pointed out that these vessels are already subject to the days at sea scheme set out in the recovery plan for cod, and it was unclear how the Commission envisaged the schemes would operate together. Has this issue been resolved?

  We would be further interested to understand the status of the North Sea Regional Advisory Council (RAC) in this context, and to receive an explanation as to how the European Commission takes account of the advice of the North Sea RAC on this issue.

15 June 2006

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