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Legislative Consent Memorandum on the UK Fisheries Bill

This is a matter where the consent of the National Assembly for Wales is sought by the UK Government to legislate on an issue which could normally fall within the competence of the Assembly.


The Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee is currently considering the Legislative Consent Memorandum (LCM) for the UK’s Fisheries Bill (‘the UK Bill’). According to the Explanatory Notes accompanying the UK Bill,  “[it] will provide the legal framework for the United Kingdom to operate as an independent coastal state under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 (UNCLOS) after the UK has left the European Union (EU) and the Common Fisheries Policy (the CFP). The Bill creates common approaches to fisheries management between the UK government and the Devolved Administrations…and makes reforms to fisheries management in England”.


The Fisheries Bill (the Bill) was introduced in the House of Commons on 25 October 2018.


The Welsh Government laid a Legislative Consent Memorandum (LCM) on the Bill before the National Assembly on 15 November 2018. On 10 January 2019, the Welsh Government laid a Supplementary LCM.


The Committee must consider and report on the LCM by 12 February 2019, as agreed by the Business Committee.

Business type: Legislative Consent

Reason considered: Government Business;

First published: 12/12/2018

Decision due: Meeting Date by Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee





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