HC Deb 22 July 1980 vol 989 cc633-5W
Mr. Donald Stewart

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many fishery protection vessels are now employed in Scottish waters; what is the maximum range and speed of each; what is the age of each vessel; and whether there is now a full complement of vessels operating.

Name Operational area Age (years) Top (knots) Cruise (knots) Range (days)
FPV "Jura" Offshore, West Coast 7 16.5 12.5 16–18
FPV "Westra" Offshore, West Coast 5 16.5 12.5 16–18
FPV "Southella" Offshore, West Coast 11 17 12 16–18
FPV "Norna" Inshore, East Coast 21 15 12.5 16–18
FPV "Brenda" Inshore, West Coast 29 15 12 16–18
FPV "Vigilant" Inshore, West Coast 44 13.5 12 16–18

FPV "Southella" is a stern trawler on charter until December 1980 in place of FPV 'Switha", which was lost in a grounding accident earlier this year. A new vessel, FPV "Sulisker", is due to come into commission about the end of the year. She will have a top speed of men, women and young persons are registered as unemployed in Rutherglen and Cambuslang, respectively; what percentage of the insured population these figures represent; and how many of the three groups have been unemployed for more than six months.

Mr. Younger

Information is not available in the precise form requested. On 10 July 3,296 males and 1,622 females were registered as unemployed in Rutherglen—the corresponding figures for Cambuslang were 3,563 males and 1,376 females. Meaningful percentage rates can be calculated only for complete travel-to-work areas. Rutherglen and Cambuslang form part of the Glasgow travel-to-work area, where unemployment expressed as a percentage of the insured population was 14.4 per cent. for males and 90 per cent. for females on 10 July.

The following table gives details of unemployment analysed by age and duration on 10 April, the latest date for which this information is available.

Mr. Younger

Fishery protection in Scottish waters is shared between the protection vessels of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland and the Poyal Navy fishery protection squadron.

There are six DAFs vessels which patrol the waters off Scotland. Details of each vessel are as follows:

18.2 knots, a crusing speed of 14 knots and a 16–18 day range.

Of the DAFS fleet two offshore and two inshore vessels are normally on patrol at any one time.

The Royal Navy fishery protection squadron consists of a coastal division of Ton class minesweepers and a division of offshore Island class vessels operating in United Kingdom waters other than those patrolled by DAFS vessels. At any one time one Ton class minesweeper is

Age (years) Top (knots) Cruise (knots) Range (nautical miles)
HMS Shavington 24 15 12 2,500
HMS Jersey 4 17 12 7,000

The complement of fishery protection vessels in Scottish waters is now at a customary level.