HC Deb 22 January 1980 vol 977 cc152-3W
Mr. Michael Brown

asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many Russian spy trawlers he estimates are currently situated off the British coast.

Mr. Speed

For much of the year a specially equipped Soviet intelligence collection vessel (AGI) is stationed on patrol in the Malin Head area. A second AGI has occasionally been stationed in the area of the English Channel and North Sea. No AGI has been stationed in either area since late October 1979.