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Transport written question – answered on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Adrian Sanders Adrian Sanders Liberal Democrat, Torbay

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she plans to take to ensure that (a) vessels in distress will be assisted, (b) pollution will be countered and (c) fires at sea will be tackled in British territorial waters after the removal of emergency towing vessels.

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

The national response to vessels that get into distress for any reason, including fire, and maritime counter pollution will continue to be co-ordinated by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency acting through Her Majesty's Coastguard.

Additionally, Her Majesty's Coastguard has long-standing arrangements with ports, harbours and tug brokers for the supply of tugs in an emergency situation using the Coastguard Agreement for Salvage and Towing (CAST).

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