Domestic fisheries management - Implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy

08 March 2011

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee will hold a one-off session  on aspects of Defra’s domestic fisheries management within the framework of the current Common Fisheries Policy. 

Wednesday 9 March 2011


At 2.15 pm

  • National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations
  • New Under Ten Fishermen’s Association

Please note that Richard Benyon MP, Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, is not able to attend on 9 March. He will instead give evidence on another date to be announced.

In particular, the Committee will consider the following issues:

  • Is the current quota management system fit for purpose and how might it be improved?
  • Are the current arrangements fair to small-scale fisheries?
  • Is Defra taking all possible steps to reduce the level of discards?

The oral evidence session will take place on Wednesday 9 March 2011. Interested parties keen to provide evidence in advance of the session are invited to address these matters in writing by Monday 28 February 2011
In view of the short timescale, written evidence should  be no more than 1000 words. 
More information about the required format of submissions is given below.
For further details about this inquiry, please contact Lucy Johnson, Second Clerk to the Committee, on 020 7219 3279.

Please also note: EFRA Committee intends to conduct a full inquiry into the Common Fisheries Policy once the European Commission has published its proposals for reform which are due to appear later this year.


Submissions should be in Word or rich text format and sent by e-mail to  The body of the e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from.

Submissions must address the terms of reference. They should be as brief as possible, and no more than 1,000 words.  Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document must include a summary (no more than one page long).

Committees make public much of the evidence they receive during inquiries. If you do not wish your submission to be published, you must clearly say so. If you wish to include private or confidential information in your submission to the Committee, please contact the Clerk of the Committee to discuss this. Please bear in mind that Committees are not able to investigate individual cases.

Personal information, such as address and contact details, should be provided separately from the body of your submission. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Submissions should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted, no public use should be made of the submission unless you have first obtained permission from the Committee.

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