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Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spent on fisheries protection in (a) 1997 and (b) 2008. (236533)

Monitoring and protection and surveillance of marine fisheries is undertaken at sea, on the land and in the air. Since 1 October 2005, the responsibility in England and Wales has been undertaken by the Marine and Fisheries Agency, an Executive agency of DEFRA.

In particular, fisheries protection at sea is undertaken by the Royal Navy Fisheries Protection Squadron on behalf of the MFA. The cost to the MFA of providing that service in 2007-08 was £6.1 million. Information on the costs incurred in 1997 are not readily available.