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Somalia: Piracy

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Mark Pritchard Mark Pritchard Conservative, The Wrekin

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will publish the legal advice he received concerning the use of private security companies on UK commercial shipping off the horn of Africa. [R]

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

I have been asked to reply.

The legal issues surrounding the use of private security companies onboard UK commercial vessels are complex and advice is being sought in considering the Government’s policy on this issue. However, it is not Government policy to publish internal legal advice.

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