Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 14th June 2018.

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Photo of Karl Turner Karl Turner Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on the effect on the Government's industrial strategy for the offshore wind industry of the employment of non-EEA crew on offshore wind construction and maintenance vessels in UK territorial waters; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Claire Perry Claire Perry The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Clean Growth)

The Department has been working closely with the Home Office to develop a time-limited concession, outside of the Immigration Rules, requiring offshore wind construction and maintenance vessels in UK territorial waters to bring themselves into compliance with the rules on the employment of non-EEA crew on offshore wind construction and maintenance vessels in UK territorial waters.

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