Magilligan Port

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 22nd October 2008.

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Photo of Alan Meale Alan Meale Labour, Mansfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

(1) what the security status is of Magilligan Port; and what consideration has been given to designating it an international port for security purposes;

(2) what factors were taken into account when deciding to increase the security arrangements on the local river ferry between Magilligan and Greencastle; and what consideration was made of the general security situation when taking that decision.

Photo of Jim Fitzpatrick Jim Fitzpatrick Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

I have been asked to reply.

Magilligan Point ferry terminal operates an international ferry route to the Republic of Ireland. The terminal facility is therefore subject to security requirements set by the Department for Transport consistent with all port facilities in the UK servicing international ferry routes as required by European Commission Regulation No. 725/2004. Limavady borough council is responsible for implementing security at the terminal. A recent Department for Transport security inspection of the terminal highlighted some areas for improvement. In response to the Department's observations the council has decided to implement enhanced security measures on a temporary basis to serve as a training measure for security staff at the port. The terminal will revert to standard security measures once the necessary training has been completed.

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