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Piracy

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what information his Department holds on the number of pirate attacks that have been recorded in each region of the world in each year since 2006. (305775)

The number of ships that have reported piracy incidents to the International Maritime Bureau in each of the last four years are as follows:

Number of attacks

UK registered

2006

239

3

2007

263

3

2008

293

6

2009

380

3

In areas of significant pirate activity the numbers of attacks in each of the last four years are as follows:

Number

Bangladesh

Indonesia

Malacca Straits

Nigeria

Gulf of Aden

Somalia

2006

47

50

11

12

7

10

2007

15

43

7

42

10

31

2008

12

28

2

40

92

19

2009

15

12

2

26

113

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