§ Mr. Laurance Reed
asked the Minister of State for Defence how many vessels the Royal Navy employs on fishery protection duties.
§ Mr. Kirk
The United Kingdom fishery limits are patrolled by six mine countermeasures vessels of the Fishery Protection Squadron based at H.M.S. "Lochinvar". This effort is occasionally supplemented by other ships. Distant water patrols are conducted by frigates of the Western Fleet during the main fishing season.