Have your say on the Fisheries Bill

22 November 2018

Do you have relevant expertise and experience or a special interest in the Fisheries Bill, which is currently passing through Parliament?

If so, you can submit your views in writing to the House of Commons Public Bill Committee which is going to consider this Bill.

The Public Bill Committee is now able to receive written evidence. The sooner you send in your submission, the more time the Committee will have to take it into consideration.

The Committee is expected to meet for the first time on Tuesday 4 December 2018; it will stop receiving written evidence at the end of the Committee stage, which is expected to be not later than 5.00pm on Wednesday 19 December 2018. However, please note that when the Committee concludes its consideration of the Bill it is no longer able to receive written evidence and it can conclude earlier than the expected deadline of 5.00pm on Wednesday 19 December 2018.

 

* In the last Parliamentary Session, the following Public Bill Committees concluded their consideration of the Bill earlier than scheduled: Criminal Finances, Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts), Health Service Medical Supplies (Costs), Neighbourhood Planning, Savings (Government Contributions), Technical and Further Education, Commonwealth Development Corporation, Children & Social Work, National Citizen Service, and Bus Services.

Aims of the Bill

 

The Fisheries Bill, published on 25 October 2018, is a framework bill that will provide the UK Government with powers to set annual total allowable catches for UK waters, and provide the UK Government and devolved administrations with powers to the amend the fisheries regulations that will be transposed into UK law from EU legislation. In addition to this, a number of Articles in the EU CFP Regulations are revoked or amended.

The Bill reflects the objectives set out Article 2 of the EU Regulations and provides for how these will be reflected in policy across the UK, although it does not include a duty to meet these objectives. It also includes powers for the UK Government to set fishing opportunities, and for England only, powers to create a scheme for sale of quota and charging for discards. The Bill also extends the powers of national authorities with regard to marine conservation to the whole of the UK Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

Follow the progress of the Fisheries Bill

The Fisheries Bill 2017-19 (HC Bill 278) was published on 25 October 2018. The Second reading of the Bill in the House of Commons was held on Wednesday 21 November 2018.

This Bill has now been committed to a Public Bill Committee and is expected to hold its oral evidence sessions on Tuesday 4 and Thursday 6 December 2018. The Public Bill Committee must conclude by Wednesday 19 December 2018.

Guidance on submitting written evidence

Deadline for written evidence submissions

The Public Bill Committee is now able to receive written evidence. The sooner you send in your submission, the more time the Committee will have to take it into consideration and possibly reflect it in an amendment. The order in which amendments are taken in Committee will be available in due course under Selection of Amendments on the Bill documents pages. Once the Committee has dealt with an amendment it will not revisit it.

The Committee is expected to meet for the first time on Tuesday 4 December 2018; it will stop receiving written evidence at the end of the Committee stage on Wednesday 19 December 2018. Please note that when the Committee concludes its consideration of the Bill it is no longer able to receive written evidence and it can conclude earlier than the expected deadline of 5.00pm on Wednesday 19 December 2018.

Your submission should be emailed to scrutiny@parliament.uk

Further guidance on submitting written evidence can be found here (PDF PDF 1.25 MB).

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