The two Houses of Parliament established a Joint Committee on the Draft Marine Bill (Cm 7351). The Bill was published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 3 April 2008. The remit of the committee is to consider the draft Bill, and report on it to both Houses by 22 July 2008.
The Committee's inquiry will proceed ina similar way to other Select Committee inquiries, hearings will be held and written evidence received. At the Committee's first meeting on 14 May Lord Greenway was appointed Chairman.
Publication of report
The Joint Committee published its Draft Marine Bill report (HC 552-I and HL 159-I) on Wednesday 30 July.
Draft Marine Bill Volume II (HC 552-II and HL 159-II), containing oral amd written evidence, was published on Friday 15 August.
The Government Response to the Report by the Joint Committee (Cm 7422, Session 2007-08) published on 25 September 2008.