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Pollution (Uk Waters)

Volume 405: debated on Wednesday 21 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the maximum penalty is for the (a) owners and (b) operators of vessels causing pollution in UK waters. [114840]

Pollution in UK waters can be caused by various substances. The following gives the maximum penalties for each different substance.

Type of pollutionMaximum penalty on summary conviction (£)Maximum penalty on conviction on indictment
Oil250,000 owner and managerA fine owner and manager
Garbage25,000 owner and managerA fine owner
Chemical25,000 ownerA fine owner

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vessels were prosecuted for pollution incidents in UK waters in each of the last five years. [114838]

Individual harbour authorities prosecute pollution incidents within harbour authority limits, and the Department has no figures regarding the numbers of their prosecutions. Outside of those areas, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) deal with prosecutions. They have conducted the following numbers of prosecutions.

Number of prosecutions
19986
19993
20002
20010
20022