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Lord Whitty: The CAP reform agreement reached by EU Agriculture Ministers on 26 June requires, with some exemptions, that direct payments be decoupled from 1 January 2005. Member states have limited discretion to derogate from this requirement both in terms of implementation date and extent of decoupling. We announced in our consultation letter of 22 July (copies placed in Libraries of the House), that we will not be making use of these derogations in England.
However, the consultation letter seeks views on two possible exemptions to this principle: first, whether to retain coupled payments in the seeds sector and, second, whether decoupling of payments in the dairy sector (where the set date for implementation is 2007) should be brought forward to 1 January 2005. We hope to announce our decisions on these two points this autumn.
Lord Whitty: The inland waterways which are subject to a public right of navigation are generally managed by navigation authorities. Navigation authorities' powers vary but most have powers under the local legislation applying to their waterways to make by-laws controlling the use of craft such as jet-skis. On most waterways there are already by-laws regulating the speed of vessels. Certain bodies other than navigation authorities may be also able to make by-laws controlling jet-skis on waterways under powers in public general Acts.
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