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Fishing Vessels

Volume 494: debated on Wednesday 24 June 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport when he expects the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to conclude its analysis of stability criteria for small fishing vessels; and if he will make a statement. (281857)

Further to my answer of 16 June 2009, Official Report, column 172W, concerning the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s (MCA) research into the stability criteria for small fishing vessels; the MCA plan to meet with research consultants during July to review their conclusions before the fishing industry Fishing Vessel Stability Working Group meets in August 2009. Following the working group meeting they plan to provide simple and practical guidance about stability of small fishing boats.