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DEFRA Minister Mark Spencer MP, will be in the hot seat as he faces questioning on UK fisheries Negotiations from the EFRA Committee

In a crucial evidence session scheduled for Tuesday, the Minister for Food, Farming, and Fisheries, Rt Hon Mark Spencer MP, will be in the hot seat as he faces questioning from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee.

The committee will focus on the recent fisheries negotiations between the UK and its coastal partners, including the European Union and Norway.

 

Key Details:

– Date and Time: Tuesday, January 23, at 14:30

– Location: Committee Room 6, Palace of Westminster

– Live Streaming: Watch live on Parliamentlive.tv

The Minister, accompanied by senior officials, is slated to deliver an introductory presentation to update the Committee on the outcomes of the negotiations conducted in the autumn.

 

Agenda:

– Negotiation Scrutiny: Members of Parliament (MPs) will rigorously examine the negotiation process, probing into the specifics of trade-offs negotiated and their potential impact on the UK fishing industry in 2024.

– Post-2026 Plans: Witnesses will be questioned about the government’s strategy for UK-EU fisheries arrangements concerning access and catch allocations after June 2026. This marks the first review of the fisheries provisions outlined in the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement.

 

Key Witnesses:

From 14:30, the following key figures will be in attendance:

– Mark Spencer MP: Minister of State for Farming, Fisheries, and Food at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

– Mike Dowell: Deputy Director for EU Fisheries Negotiations and Policy at Defra.

– Colin Faulkner: Deputy Director for External Fisheries Negotiations and Trade Policy at Defra.

 

This session is poised to shed light on the intricacies of recent negotiations and provide insights into the future trajectory of UK fisheries agreements, setting the stage for a critical examination by the EFRA Committee.

 

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