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River Lymington: Ferries

Volume 508: debated on Wednesday 7 April 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if he will replace Wightlink as the competent authority in the Lymington river for the purposes of constructing an impact assessment of the new ferries; and if he will make a statement; (325679)

(2) when he plans to respond to the e-mail from Michael Derrick of the Lymington River Association on the position of Wightlink as the competent authority for ferry operations.

There are no provisions in the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010, which came into force on 1 April, that enable a competent authority to be replaced.

Officials wrote to Michael Derrick on 6 April to confirm this.