§ Mr. Mitchell
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) how many Spanish skippers of quota-hopper fishing vessels have been paid compensation for being unable to fish after the passage of the Merchant Shipping Act 1988; how long they were stopped from fishing; and what was the average compensation per skipper; 
(2) how many British ticket holders working on Spanish quota-hopper vessels under the terms of the Aliens (Amendment) Act 1919 received compensation for being prevented from fishing by the Merchant Shipping Act 1988. 
§ Mr. Morley
[holding answer 27 July 2000]: Payments have been made only to the owners of vessels de-registered under the provisions of the Merchant Shipping Act 1988.