§ Dr. Godman
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if, during the forthcoming minesweeping exercise in and around the firth of Clyde, Royal Navy vessels will carry fishery liaison officers; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Soames
I am pleased to say that fishery liaison officers will indeed be embarked on Royal Navy vessels during the initial minesweeping serials conducted in the new exercise areas in and around the firth of Clyde, following agreement with local fishermen's representatives. Their role will be to develop mutual understanding between the mine countermeasures staff and the fishermen, and to ensure that both may go about their business safely and with the minimum of disruption.