6 Fishery Limits (United Kingdom) Amendment
|Date introduced to the House of Commons
Date introduced to the House of Lords
Current Bill Number
|4 June 2003|
House of Commons 117
6.1 This Bill would amend the Fishery Limits Act 1976:
make it a criminal offence for any foreign fishing vessel to enter
British waters within the limits unless the vessel is from an
EU country which offers reciprocal facilities to British vessels
and maintains appropriate conservation measures for fisheries;
to impose a licensing requirement for
foreign fishing vessels within British fishing limits;
to require all fish caught within British
fishing limits to be landed at a port within the British Islands
or reported to the Ministers and made available for inspection;
to make it a criminal offence (with a
potential prison sentence) to violate those requirements.
6.2 It seemed to us that these provisions might
interfere with the right to free movement of goods and services,
and would also be likely to interfere with the right to peaceful
enjoyment of possessions under Article 1 of Protocol No 1 to the
ECHR. The Chair of the Committee wrote to Mr Austin Mitchell MP
drawing attention to our concerns. Mr Mitchell replied that the
requirement to land fish at a port in the United Kingdom, Isle
of Man or the Channel Islands or report it to a Minister, cannot
be a breach of human rights because the fishermen catch the fish
under quota. The implication is that it must be legitimate to
require them to account in the United Kingdom for the amount caught.
The correspondence is published as an appendix to this Report.
We hope that it will help to clarify these issues.
6.3 We draw this matter to the attention of