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Tristan da Cunha: Oil

International Development written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support his Department is providing for Tristan da Cunha as a result of the M. V. Oliva oil incident.

Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan The Minister of State, Department for International Development

The responsibility to make good any damage caused to the environment of the Tristan da Cunha islands, and to compensate the Tristan community for any losses lies with the ship's owners and insurers. Department for International Development officials are working closely with colleagues from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in ensuring that the insurers and owners continue to meet this responsibility in full. We remain in close touch with the Tristan da Cunha Authorities to ensure that they have all the advice and support they need from across Government and elsewhere in the continuing negotiations with the insurers.

While the Government are quite clear that all costs resulting from this incident must be borne by the owners and insurers, a top-up to Tristan da Cunha's financial reserves was made by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in March to protect the community against immediate and short term costs.

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