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Volume 476: debated on Wednesday 21 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what guidance his Department issued to (a) UK-registered and (b) Royal Navy ships operating in or passing through areas where there is a risk of piracy on (i) intervention in and (ii) taking active steps to prevent acts of piracy in the five years prior to the transfer of responsibility for the issue to other Departments. (206886)

[holding answer 20 May 2008]: Consistent with past practice, it is for the Ministry of Defence to give guidance and instruction to commanders of Royal Naval vessels and for the Department for Transport to give advice to masters of merchant ships registered in the UK.