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Oil: Emergencies

Transport written question – answered on 9th February 2011.

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Photo of Matthew Offord Matthew Offord Conservative, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the adequacy of (a) emergency planning and (b) contingency planning in place to deal with major oil spillages off the UK coast.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport

The National Contingency Plan for Marine Pollution from Shipping and Offshore Installations (NCP) details the UK emergency and contingency planning for oil spillages off the UK coast; this document is regularly refreshed to ensure it remains up to date.

Additionally, contingency planning for dealing with major oil spills is subject to a major review in light of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010. The Oil Spill Response Advisory Group (OSPRAG) has been established to undertake this review, which will inform the next refresh of the NCP.

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