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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:38 pm on 17th March 2020.

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Photo of Bob Seely Bob Seely Conservative, Isle of Wight 12:38 pm, 17th March 2020

I would like to follow up what the Secretary of State was saying about ferries and the Department for Transport in relation to the UK. I have two questions. Will the Government please relax competition law today to allow discussion between the three cross-Solent ferry operators to build a resilience plan? They will be in breach of the law if they do not, and lives could depend on this if our ferry services fall over.

Secondly, will the Government support today the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to allow people to sit in cars during ferry journeys in the UK, to protect at-risk groups and for social distancing purposes?