Ship-to-Ship Oil as Cargo Transfer Debate

Speaking in a debate in Parliament, Peter Aldous raises the concerns of local businesses about job prospects in the Lowestoft area as a result of the ban on ship-to-ship oil transfer.

Peter Aldous (Waveney) (Con): I was heavily lobbied on this issue immediately after I was elected and I listened to a lot of businesses that are concerned about the job prospects in the Lowestoft area as a result of the ban. I should like to mention in particular the Regulatory Policy Committee's report, dated 13 April, the summary opinion of which is:

"The case for the prohibition of ship-to-ship oil transfers in UK territorial waters outside of harbour areas has not been made. There appears to have been little assessment of risk in drawing up this proposal, and it is not clear that the environmental benefits will be achieved. Furthermore, there is no adequate explanation for the enhanced environmental benefits of the preferred Option 3, over Option 2."

Will the Minister confirm that he has had regard to the findings of the Regulatory Policy Committee in coming to his decision?

Mike Penning: Not only have I had those findings, but I will look at them after the consultation is concluded.

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