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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 representations she has received from the Emergency Towing Vessel Working Group; and what steps she is taking to implement its funding recommendations.

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

The Shipping Minister met with representatives of the Emergency Towing Vessel (ETV) Working Group in Inverness on 25 July 2011. The purpose of the meeting was to hear from the Group about the progress it had made to identify the means to fund ETV provision, without any recourse to central Government funding, for those areas where local people perceived the existence of a local problem. If the Group had been able to offer a reasonably certain prospect of secure funding, then my Department would have considered a short extension to the ETV provision in order to allow the group some time to finalise their local arrangements.

In the event the Group was not able to demonstrate that it had been able to identify any means of local funding and so was unable to make any recommendations that were sufficient to satisfy me that the ETV provision should be extended in any of the four locations.

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

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