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River Lymington: Ferries

Volume 488: debated on Friday 27 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps he plans to take in response to the decision by Wightlink to initiate its new ferry service between Lymington and Yarmouth prior to completion of the appropriate assessment; and if he will make a statement; (259337)

(2) what assessment he has made of (a) the likely environmental effects on the Lymington Marshes Natura 2000 site and (b) the compliance with the EU Environmental Liability Directive of the operation of a ferry service between Lymington and Yarmouth; and if he will make a statement.

The introduction of new “W” class ferries by Wightlink on the Lymington to Yarmouth route is now the subject of legal proceedings against the Department and others. In these circumstances it would be inappropriate for me to answer questions on the subject.