Fisheries and UK Border Force

Home Office written question – answered on 1st December 2020.

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Photo of Sarah Olney Sarah Olney Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to combine the Fishery Protection and Border Force fleets to form a sea-going UK Coastguard.

Photo of Chris Philp Chris Philp The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Whilst we do not comment on any future Home Office or UK Government Policy it is worth noting that the Marine, Maritime Organisation MMO), an executive agency of the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs is responsible for the enforcement of fishing and various marine environmental regulations in English waters.

Within UK Government, the Department for Transport has the overall responsibility for the establishment, operation and maintenance of an adequate and effective civil maritime and civil aeronautical search and rescue service. This is delegated to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and delivered through HM Coastguard.

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