Passenger Ships: Safety

Department for Transport written question – answered on 9th September 2019.

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Photo of Ruth Cadbury Ruth Cadbury Labour, Brentford and Isleworth

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to meet with the Passenger Boat Association to discuss the effect on jobs and vessels of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s plans for older passenger boats; and if will he make a statement.

Photo of Nusrat Ghani Nusrat Ghani Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport), Assistant Whip (HM Treasury)

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has had ongoing dialogue with the Passenger Boat Association (PBA) throughout the development of the proposals for older passenger boats.

The PBA is a member of the MCA’s stakeholder group for the sector, the Domestic Passenger Safety Steering Group (DPSSG), which meets annually. The MCA’s plans for older passenger vessels have been discussed at the DPSSG on several occasions.

Additionally, MCA policy officials have held dedicated stakeholder meetings on the proposals for older passenger boats, at all of which the PBA have been represented. Three of these meetings were in 2016, one in November 2018 and another in March 2019. The MCA also met with a representative of the PBA, and another organization, in a small informal meeting on 15 May 2019.

The MCA has carried out two public consultations on the matter, and the PBA responded to both.

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