Salter again with the fish

Martin Salter (Reading West, Labour)
I thank the Minister for his kind words and I apologise for my absence this morning. I accept that the amendment is a probing amendment. Can he tell us what he proposes to do to persuade us not to press it to a Division, rather than just telling us that it will be swept up in a general reform of the common fisheries policy?

Martin Salter (Reading West, Labour)
On a point of order, Mr. Gale. May I seek your guidance? Even though I was not here to move the amendment, it stands in my name and it is for me to ask for the Committee’s permission.

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Roger Gale (North Thanet, Conservative)
Actually, it is down to the hon. Gentleman who moved the motion to seek permission if he wishes to do so.

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Martin Salter (Reading West, Labour)
In that case, may I intervene on the Minister?

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Roger Gale (North Thanet, Conservative)
Order. The hon. Gentleman cannot make an intervention because the Minister has sat down. If the hon. Gentleman wishes to speak, I will call him.

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1:15 pm

Martin Salter (Reading West, Labour)
I shall make a speech in that case—a very short speech; almost an intervention. I will be comforted by the Minister’s reassurance, if he gives it to the Committee loudly and clearly, about something being brought back on Report.

Huw Irranca-Daviesindicated assent.

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Martin Salter (Reading West, Labour)
I am pleased by the Minister’s response.

I have just one more point. The Government’s advisor on the marine environment out to the 12-mile nautical limit is Natural England, which has said quite clearly that it wants improvements—strengthening, as it describes it—to be made to the Bill. It would like to see the

“inclusion of damage caused by disturbance to the offence of damaging a marine conservation zone. We would also like to see removal of the blanket defence of sea fishing.”

The consensus view of the Committee is clearly in line with the Government’s marine and conservation advisors. In that regard, we are probably all in the right place.

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