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Navy: Fisheries

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for how many patrol days in each category of operation each class of fishery patrol vessel was used in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. (168227)

The number of patrol days on fishery protection for each class of fishery patrol vessel for the years 2002-03 were as follows:

Island

Hunt

River

2002-03

557

363

22

2003-04

375

250

345

2004-05

254

626

2005-06

219

636

2006-07

227

618

NoteFigures for the years 1997-98 to 2001-02 are not available.

The operational focus of River and Island classes of vessels during this period was fishery protection. Time not spent on fishery protection was used for standoffs, training, maintenance, passage and visits, and, in the case of River class vessels, unused days owned by VT Group plc. The primary role of the Hunt class vessels is Mine Counter Measure, not fishery protection. Details of the operations conducted by these vessels, apart from fishery patrols, are not held centrally and could be provided only at a disproportionate cost.