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Volume 165: debated on Wednesday 17 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will list the cost of hydrographic work carried out on behalf of his Department by (a) the Royal Navy and (b) the private sector;(2) if he will list the number of marine surveys ordered by his Department for the last five years.

In 1989–90 the civil hydrographic survey programme is expected to cost about £6·3 million, of which about £2·1 million represents contracts let to the private sector, £2·8 million surveys undertaken by the Royal Navy survey flotilla, and £1·4 million work undertaken by the Royal Navy personnel in commercially chartered ships. The numbers of surveys undertaken in the last five years are 1985–21; 1986–18; 1987–21; 1988–20; 1989–15.