HC Deb 24 April 1996 vol 276 c189W
Mr. Foulkes

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when that new survey by the Scottish Office Agriculture, Environment and Fisheries Department marine laboratory in Aberdeen will commence; how long it is expected to last; which commercial companies are also involved; what arrangements are being made for representatives of the press and hon. Members to observe the survey; and if he will make a statement. [25772]

Mr. Raymond S. Robertson

The further survey work will be undertaken between the dates of 26 April-17 May and 19-29 July inclusive following some recently completed preparatory work. Underwater Engineering Ltd., Aberdeen is providing support equipment for the side-scan sonar studies and Oceanscan Ltd., Aberdeen is providing the pulse induction equipment. A further contract for the provision of equipment for the July survey is under consideration. Because of the tight survey schedule, no provision has been made for press or hon. Members' involvement. The results of this further survey will be published.