Mr. John D. Taylor
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food which VHF station will broadcast details of the movements of submarines to the fishing fleet in Irish seas area VIIA; and if he will make a statement about arrangements for this service in this submariner exercise area.
§ Mr. Hanley
I have been asked to reply.
Irish sea area VIIA north of 54 deg. north forms part of the Clyde exercise areas and is covered by the Subfacts scheme, under which advance notification of dived submarine movements is broadcast in certain coastal areas. Changes in the existing broadcasting arrangements for Subfacts are being planned and consultations about these changes have taken place with representatives of the fishing industry, including the Northern Ireland Fishermen's Federation. I hope to make an announcement soon.