§ Mrs. Ray Michie
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much funding his Department provided to the Fisheries Research Services Agency in each of the last five years; and how much is budgeted for 1998–99. 
§ Mr. Macdonald
Fisheries Research Services became an Executive Agency of the Scottish Office on 1 April 1997. Scottish Office funding for the years prior to that date and the two years subsequent is shown in the table.
£ million Year Total 1993–94 13.972 1994–95 13.164 1995–96 15.552 1996–97 22.364 1997–98 22.521 1998–99 estimated 12.190
The fluctuations in funding largely reflect capital investment in the new Scotia fisheries research vessel.