§ Mr. Wall
Of course we appreciate the excellent work done by the squadron, but is it not the case that during last summer well over 200 foreign trawlers were fishing off the Yorkshire coast at a time when the fishery protection vessel was off station for a refit? Will my hon. Friend consider extending the cover by the squadron by the use of helicopters and fast patrol vessels?
§ Mr. Hector Hughes
What is the present strength of the squadron in comparison with foreign fishery protection squadrons which have recently been so active in the Scottish fishing grounds?
§ Mr. Hay
Our squadron consists of four frigates, four coastal minesweepers and two inshore minesweepers, and, from time to time, two fast patrol boats are deployed. I cannot answer the latter part of the hon. and learned Member's supplementary question because I am not sure to which other squadrons he is referring.