Shipping: Security

Transport written question – answered on 20th February 2012.

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Photo of Mike Hancock Mike Hancock Liberal Democrat, Portsmouth South

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she plans to issue more detailed guidance on the use of armed guards on UK-flagged shipping.

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

As I stated when the “Interim guidance to UK flagged shipping on the use of armed guards to defend against the threat of piracy in exceptional circumstances” was published it will be reviewed in its entirety by December 2012.

However, in response to the recent Foreign Affairs Committee report the Department for Transport has convened a meeting with relevant Government Departments to explore if there is scope for moderate further clarification in the guidance as to what the UK law says on the use of force in self defence, defence of others, defence of property, the prevention of crime and lawful arrest. This specific further guidance will be issued in line with the timings agreed in the FAC response.

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