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 discussions his Department has had with regional tourism bodies on the effect of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s proposals of older passenger boats on the UK’s fleet of passenger boats.

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

As Minister responsible for shipping matters on behalf of the Secretary of State for Transport, I am aware that my officials in the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) have developed an impact assessment on its proposals for older domestic passenger ships which is updated from time to time as new information is received, and is progressing through the normal government scrutiny process.

A draft of the impact assessment (IA) was published during a public consultation which ran from 6 November 2018 to 29 January 2019. Consultees were invited to comment on the validity of the analysis in the IA and encouraged to provide information that would help to strengthen this. A further consultation focussing on the policy and legislation was carried out between 29 May and 10 July 2019. No specific discussion took place between the Department and regional tourism bodies, but the consultation was open to comments from them. The IA was amended to take account of any relevant comments received. A drop-in session was held for Honourable Members to raise any concerns in May 2019.

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