asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many fishery protection vessels were stationed in Scotland during 1974.
My Department operated six vessels for part of the year and five for the remainder. In addition, nine Royal Navy vessels were engaged on fishery protection duties in Scottish and other United Kingdom waters throughout the period.
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many patrols, and of what duration, were carried out by fishery protection vessels in and around Scottish waters during 1974.
Sixty-nine patrols varying in duration between 11 and 20 days were carried out by my Department's vessels.
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many patrols by fishery protection vessels were cancelled during 1974; and for what reasons.
One patrol was cancelled because of mechanical difficulties. In the period when vessels were laid up on account of crewing difficulties, it is estimated that 15 patrols were cancelled.
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the nominal complement of each fishery protection vessel stationed in Scotland; and what was the lowest figure of officers and men available for each vessel during 1974.
Three of the fishery protection vessels operated by my Department have each a complement of 25 officers and men, two a complement of 21, and one a complement of 14. The main shortage of manpower in 1974 was of deck officers; and of a total complement of 26 there was at its worst a shortage of six officers.
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many violations of fishing limits on the part of foreign boats were discovered by fishery protection vessels stationed in Scotland during 1974.
No violations were detected by my Department's vessels. Two violations were detected by the Royal Navy.