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Shipping: Armed Guards

House of Lords written question – answered on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Lord Kennedy of Southwark Lord Kennedy of Southwark Opposition Whip (Lords)

To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will implement proposals for armed guards to be based on United Kingdom merchant vessels.

Photo of Earl Attlee Earl Attlee Lords Spokesperson (Department for Transport), Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

The Prime Minister confirmed last month that the Government now recognise the engagement of private armed guards as an option to protect human life onboard UK-registered ships in exceptional circumstances.

The Department for Transport is working with other government departments to finalise national guidance to ship owners and an interim process by which private security companies can lawfully possess prohibited firearms on board UK ships in these exceptional circumstances. It is expected that the guidance will be published later this month and a Written Ministerial Statement will be placed before the House at this time.

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