Fisheries (Compensation)

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 4th February 2004.

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Photo of Henry Bellingham Henry Bellingham Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills), Shadow Minister

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many applications there have been for compensation from former Icelandic waters trawlermen which (a) have been successful, (b) have been unsuccessful, (c) have been put on hold and (d) which are pending a decision, broken down by region of the UK.

Photo of Nigel Griffiths Nigel Griffiths Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Trade and Industry

Up to January this year 4,750 trawlermen had been paid a total of £40.7million. A total of 2,973 claims had been assessed as not qualifying for compensation. There are no claims on hold. Following is a breakdown of the numbers of payments and compensation by current area of residence:

£
Location Number of payments Amount paid
Hull 1766 18.4 million
Grimsby 821 5. 5 million
Fleetwood 363 3.1 million
Blackpool 54 404 thousand
Cleethorpes 226 1.6 million
Newcastle 370 3. 6 million
West Yorkshire 237 2 million
Aberdeen 290 1.5 million
Others 623 4.5 million

I regret that there is no breakdown of claims not qualifying for compensation. I have today announced my proposals to extend the scheme list by 21 vessels. Claims from trawlermen who worked on these vessels will be re-examined with additional compensation for those who qualify.

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