Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Richard Benyon, made a statement to the House of Commons on 17 June 2012 on reform of the Common Fisheries Policy in the House of Commons.
Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Mary Creagh, responded on behalf of the Opposition.
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