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Shipping: Oil

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 25 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when she plans to bring forward secondary legislation to control ship to ship oil transfer in UK territorial waters; and if she will make a statement; (160752)

(2) when her Department plans to hold the consultation on the secondary legislation that will regulate ship to ship transfers within UK territorial waters.

The regulations which will regulate ship-to-ship transfers within the 12 nautical mile limit of the UK's territorial sea are still in draft. The Department now expects to put the draft regulations out for public consultation in early 2008, with a view to their coming into force later in that year.