HC Deb 03 August 1971 vol 822 c290W
Mr. Wall

asked the Minister of State for Defence, what ships and aircraft he estimates are necessary to ensure the protection of the present fishing limits round the British coasts; and what are his plans for providing additions in the event of these limits being altered.

Mr. Kirk

The six minecounter-measures vessels allocated to Fishery Protection duties round tht British coast, supplemented from time to time by other H.M. ships and assisted on occasions by aircraft, are adequate for the resent task. Any change in the limits will cause us to review these force levels in consultation with my right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.