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Fisheries: Navy

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what contribution he receives from the devolved administrations on the costs of the contract for the Royal Navy Fishery Protection Service; and if he will make a statement. (170913)

The Royal Navy provides fisheries protection services to the Marine and Fisheries Agency (MFA) in the waters around England and Wales. The cost of the provision of this service is borne by the MFA. The Welsh Assembly Government contribute 6 per cent. of the overall cost by a PES transfer to the MFA. There are no other contributions from the devolved administrations for this service.

Neither the Welsh Assembly nor the Northern Ireland Assembly received separate funding for this service upon devolution, and therefore make no contribution to the resources used on the MFA's behalf by the Royal Navy.

The Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency (SFPA), an Agency of the Scottish Executive, provides fishery protection services to the Scottish Executive in the waters around Scotland. The SFPA operates its own patrol vessels. As the SFPA does not use the Royal Navy Fishery Protection Squadron, it makes no contributions to the cost of the Squadron.