British Indian Ocean Territory

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 11th February 2004.

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Photo of Jeremy Corbyn Jeremy Corbyn Labour, Islington North

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the income expected this year is from fishing licences in the British Indian Ocean Territories; and what it was in each of the past five years.

Photo of Bill Rammell Bill Rammell Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Income this year (financial year 2003–04) to 31 December 2003 from fishing licences was £534,309. We cannot predict the expected income for the final quarter, but it is unlikely that revenue will reach that of previous years.

Income from fishing licences in the past five years in the British Indian Ocean Territory was as follows:

Financial year Income (£)
1998–99 2,271,595
1999–2000 744,042
2000–01 1,108,072
2001–02 822,497
2002–03 613,060

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