The Parliamentary Committees of the United Kingdom are sub-legislative organizations each consisting of small number of MPs and/or Peers appointed to deal with particular areas or issues. There are several active or recently concluded committee inquiries and reports with relevance to the fisheries industry.
Scrutiny of the Fisheries Bill Inquiry
The Environment Food and Rural Affairs Committee launched a short inquiry on the proposed scope, provisions and powers in the Fisheries Bill. Their report is available and is awaiting government response.
Sustainable Seas Inquiry
The Environmental Audit Committee launched an inquiry examining how to protect marine life and how the Government can create a more sustainable blue economy. Their report is available and is awaiting government response.
Fisheries Bill Hearing
The Scottish Affairs Committee launched a one-off evidence session on the proposed scope, provisions and powers in the Fisheries Bill on the 9th January 2019. The evidence they gathered is available online.
Last year, the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee launched an inquiry into the implications of Brexit for the fishing industry in Northern Ireland. Their report and the government response have been published.
The Work of Defra Inquiry
The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee held a one-off oral evidence session on the work of Defra with the Secretary of State, Michael Gove MP. The evidence session is available in written or video form.
Is Defra Ready for Brexit? Inquiry
The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee held a one-off evidence session with the Secretary of State examining Defra’s staffing, legislative programme and efforts to replace or negotiate access to EU systems after Brexit.