§ Mr. Grimond
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many fishery cruisers he has under his control; how many more it is intended shall be built; and what responsibilities these vessels have for oil platform protection.
§ Mr. William Ross
My Department's fishery protection fleet comprises six vessels. Of these one is on temporary loan to the Royal Navy and five are under my control. Except in cases of emergency these five vessels have fishery protection as their prime function. I do not at present envisage any expansion of the fleet.