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Dredging: River Thames

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what navigation safeguards will be applied to protect shipping and marine craft during dredging of the Thames in connection with the London Gateway Port; (212087)

(2) when dredging of the Thames will commence for the channel to accommodate the London Gateway Port.

Consents to undertake dredging to develop and subsequently maintain navigational areas within the London Gateway Port are given by the London Gateway Port Harbour Empowerment Order 2008, issued by Department for Transport that came into force on 16 May 2008.

The timing of the proposed dredging is a commercial decision for the new Harbour Authority, London Gateway Port Ltd.

Responsibility for maintaining navigational safety within the tidal Thames is the responsibility of the Port of London Authority.