Navy: Fisheries

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 11th January 2021.

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Photo of Stephanie Peacock Stephanie Peacock Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on UK defence capacity of directing increased Royal Navy resources towards potentially illegal fishing activity.

Photo of James Heappey James Heappey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Defence has made contingency plans to increase support to DEFRA to cover any potential illegal fishing activity if requested. We balance any request for assistance against critical outputs and keep our support under constant review. In the short term, we have units at increased readiness to support DEFRA and they will continue with planned activity until called forward.

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