§ Mr. Austin Mitchell
asked the Secretary of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what information he has as to how many new fishing vessels have been registered in (a) Grimsby, (b) Hull, (c) Fleetwood, (d) Aberdeen and (e) Peterhead since 1 January 1983.
§ Mr. MacGregor
The number of commercial fishing vessels (over 10 metres in length) either newly built or new to the United Kingdom fleet and registered since 1 January 1983 are as follows:
Number Grimsby 1 Hull 3 Fleetwood 1 Aberdeen 9 Peterhead 10
In addition, a number of vessels have been transferred from ports elsewhere in the United Kingdom since 1 January 1983 and reregistered at these ports. The numbers (of over 10 metre vessels) are as follows:
Number Grimsby 3 Hull 0 Fleetwood *8 Aberdeen 12 Peterhead 9 * Four of the 8 Fleetwood vessels are no longer fishing or have since been sold elsewhere.
Finally, vessels may be transferred to ports and be based there but are not reregistered, e.g. there are eight such vessels at Fleetwood. No meaningful information is available for under 10 metre vessels.