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Transport written question – answered on 2nd November 2011.

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Photo of Angus MacNeil Angus MacNeil Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Constitutional Reform), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Scotland)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions her Department has had with the private maritime sector in Scotland on proposed changes to the maritime safety, emergency salvage and rescue operations in Scotland.

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

holding answer 13 October 2011

The proposals for the modernisation of Her Majesty's Coastguard have been subject to two UK wide consultations since December 2010. These consultations have included the private maritime sector.

Meetings were convened to discuss and consider the arrangements for emergency towage and salvage, following the end of the contract for the provision of emergency towing vessels (ETVs). These included a wide range of participants from a broad spectrum of maritime interests, including tug operators, commercial and Ministry of Defence salvors, and shipping industry representatives, in addition to port authorities, lighthouse authorities, local government authorities and officials for the Scottish Government.

Since 1 October 2011 the Scotland Office has been responsible for leading efforts to secure a long-term replacement for the emergency towing vessel (ETV) service in waters around Scotland surrounding the Northern and Western Isles.

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