To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many contracts have been awarded by his Department to Boskalis over the last five years; and on how many occasions during the contract period such contractors have been found responsible for breaching environmental guidance, thereby committing an offence.
The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has awarded no new direct contracts to Boskalis Westminster NV or any of its subsidiaries in the last five years. There is one existing contract in place with SMIT, a towage and salvage company which is a subsidiary of Boskalis, and this was awarded in 2002, under the last Administration, for marine base support services. In addition, Boskalis performs some dredging duties at Portsmouth, Marchwood and Plymouth under subcontract to Debut.
Boskalis has been issued with a formal warning on one occasion for breaching a licence issued by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) to allow dredging at Devonport by disposing on an incoming tide. Boskalis immediately informed the MMO of their error and the formal warning was issued. No further action is being taken.