§ Mr. Redwood
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many trawlers operate under the UK flag with quota; and what was the figure in May 1997. 
§ Mr. Morley
As of May 1997 there were some 7,546 licensed UK fishing vessels, of which 2,360 were over 10 metres in overall length. In October 2000 the number of licensed vessels was 6,690, of which 1,939 were over 10 metres.