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House of Commons Hansard
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11 November 2009
Volume 499
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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vessels were (a) intercepted and (b) boarded by the Royal Navy in UK territorial waters in each of the last 10 years. [288549]

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Other than the Fishery Protection Squadron, Royal Navy units do not board vessels in UK territorial waters as a matter of course. The information on boardings of UK and non-UK vessels conducted by the Fishery Protection Squadron in each year since 1997 is provided in the following table.

Number of boardings

1997

1746

1998

1814

1999

1779

2000

1654

2001

1515

2002

1287

2003

1704

2004

1713

2005

1466

2006

1279

2007

1378

2008

983

Information for other boardings is not held in the format requested and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.