§ Mr. Sproat
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the incident in which 12 Soviet trawlers surrounded a British North Sea gas rig on 26th February 1975.
§ Mr. Judd
On 26th February, following a report from the operating company that Russian fishing vessels were near a gas production platform in the southern North Sea, Royal Air Force Jaguar and Shackleton aircraft and a Royal Naval fishery protection vessel were sent to the area. They reported that the fishing vessels were clear of the rig and, on 27th February, that they had left.