Monday, 10 December 2012

Stephen Metcalfe MP keeps a close eye on proposed Marine Conservation Zones

Stephen Metcalfe on a recent trip along the
 Thames as guest of the Port of London Authority
Stephen Metcalfe, local MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, has said he is keeping a close eye on the Science and Technology Committee’s investigation into Marine Science and proposals to establish Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) on the Thames.

The committee, of which Mr Metcalfe is an active member, exist to ensure that Government policy and decision making are based on good scientific evidence. The committee therefore have a broad remit and can examine the activities of departments where they have implications for, or made use of, science, engineering, technology and research.

The latest evidence sessions are on marine science and will explore the views of a variety of groups and individuals on the evidence base used for the selection of proposed MCZs. Were the Thames to be designated an MCZ there may be significant implications for developments and activity in the Thames Gateway area.

Mr Metcalfe commented: “Whilst issues such as marine science may seem far removed from the lives of people in my constituency, the implications of MCZs could be substantial especially if one were to be established along the Thames.”

“I have met with a member of the Port of London Authority to discuss the issue and will be keeping a very close eye on this investigation and the potential impact it may have on my constituents.”

The committee are currently awaiting a final list of proposed MCZs from the Government and will continue to take evidence in the meantime.