§ 25. Mr. WOMERSLEY
asked the Minister of Agriculture the period of time for which the steam trawler, "Cicely Blanche, "of Milford Haven, and the steam trawler, "Ben Miedie," of Aberdeen, have been chartered for use in connection with research work; the terms of the charter hire, including the sum payable per month; and the services his department will receive in return therefor?
§ The MINISTER of AGRICULTURE (Mr. Guinness)
The "Cicely Blanche "has been chartered by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research from the end of April until the end of August next on repayment of all the owner's out-of-pocket costs and 2125 a month: and the "Ben Meidie" for a period of 613 six months from about the end of April with the option of continuing thereafter subject to one month's notice on either side, on repayment of all owner's out-of-pocket costs and £100 a month. In each case the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research will reinstate the vessel on the conclusion of the research. In return, the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research will have the right to instal plant for research, to have scientific staff aboard the ships, and to direct fishing operations and methods of handling and stowage. All sales of fish will be credited to the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research.
§ Mr. WOMERSLEY
Is it not the case that the estimate of £18,000 mentioned in the recent Debate on fisheries was for these two vessels?
§ Mr. GUINNESS
I would require notice in order to go into the question of what other expenditure was covered by that figure.