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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 average time she expects to elapse between the time of an emergency call-out of a training vessel to (a) the spot purchase of an emergency towing vessel and (b) the arrival of such a vessel on the scene of the incident.

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

holding answer 13 October 2011

It is not possible to be specific about the timetable that would be associated with the provision of salvage in emergency towing.

Among other things the time to scene will depend on market conditions within the towing and salvage industries, the geographic disposition of vessels and their suitability to the task.

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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