British Indian Ocean Territory: Nature Conservation

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 19th October 2018.

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Photo of Patrick Grady Patrick Grady SNP Chief Whip

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what emergency procedures are in place to protect the flora and fauna of the British Indian Ocean Territory in the event of an accident involving military aircraft or naval vessels.

Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan Minister of State

There are established procedures in place to deal with accidents involving vessels and aircraft that could impact upon the exceptional environment and wildlife of the British Indian Ocean Territory. These include emergency response plans for hazardous waste and/or oil or petrol spills. These plans are practised regularly including large scale simulated scenarios.

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