P&O Ferries Update

Part of Ministerial Statements – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 1:30 pm on 21st March 2022.

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Photo of Gordon Lyons Gordon Lyons DUP 1:30 pm, 21st March 2022

Yes. I have outlined the volume of freight that comes in via those ferries. That will inevitably have a knock-on effect. We are seeing additional sailings by other companies and some of the hole being filled in that way. I will work very closely with the Department for Transport, and I get regular updates from it. I will work with the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs as well on those issues to make sure that we do everything that we can to ensure that that supply comes in.

That brings up a further question about what role and responsibilities a private company should have when it is responsible for a strategic national asset like that and then goes ahead and closes it down at a moment's notice. We will have to look at that as well.