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Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance her Department issues to UK-registered ships operating in or passing through areas where there is a risk of piracy on (a) intervention in and (b) taking active steps to prevent acts of piracy. (202713)

UK registered vessels are issued with advice by the Department for Transport on taking active steps to counter piracy, armed robbery and other acts of violence against merchant shipping. This is set out in “maritime guidance note” MGN 298(M), a copy of which has been placed in the Library.

In addition to this advice, the Department issues specific tailored advice regarding particular piracy hot spots. This is based on intelligence and threat assessment, and is of a sensitive nature. The Department has regular dialogue with the industry to consider further practical measures, where appropriate.

The Department does not issue guidance to UK registered vessels on intervening in acts of piracy.