Wednesday, November 15, 2006

All eyes on Queen's Speech

National security and the Government's plans to tackle climate change, crime and immigration are expected to dominate the Queen's Speech, as Parliament officially re-opens today.

But the PAC and other angling bodies will also be scanning the small print for any news on the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Review.

The review - which was originally intended to become a new fisheries bill - includes proposals to allow the Environment Agency powers to seek bait bans such as the Cumbrian ban on coarse baits, in allegedly environmentally-sensitive areas.

But the draft bill appears to have drifted off the Government's agenda for now and its status is unclear.