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Ports and Harbours

House of Lords written question – answered on 9th February 2011.

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Photo of Lord Myners Lord Myners Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they support plans to deepen the water channel to the harbour of Falmouth to accommodate larger vessels.

Photo of Lord Henley Lord Henley The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has announced that two applications from Port of Falmouth cannot proceed in their current form.

In making this announcement, the MMO has evaluated all the available evidence and taken into account its statutory duty to manage activities by persons in its area with the objective of making a contribution to sustainable development. The evidence used by the MMO has been published and is available on the MMO website at: http://www.marinemanagement.org.uk/news /press/110127.htm.

We understand the MMO held talks with the developers and has invited them to submit new proposals that address the environmental issues raised because of the potential impacts on a site protected by European law, in this case a special area of conservation designated under Council Directive 92/43/EEC on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora (the habitats directive).

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