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Navy: Piracy

Volume 476: debated on Thursday 22 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer of 6 May 2008, Official Report, column 840W, on the Navy: piracy, whether pirates arrested at sea by the Royal Navy are (a) taken on board Her Majesty’s ships and (b) rendered to UK jurisdiction; and what discussions his Department has had with officials in the Home Department on the potential for such pirates to claim asylum in the United Kingdom. (206628)

Our records suggest that no pirates have been arrested by the Royal Navy since the Second World War. If a pirate were to be arrested, they would remain in UK custody until such time as they were either lawfully transferred to another nation or returned to the UK criminal justice system.

MOD officials regularly liaise across Whitehall on issues relating to operations, including on piracy.