Date lodged: 24 March 2017
To ask the Scottish Government under what circumstances (a) the Scottish Ministers and (b) another Scottish authority might be considered a competent authority for ship-to-ship transfers for the purposes of Regulation 48A of the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994.
Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 27 April 2017
All matters relating to ship-to-ship transfers are reserved to the UK Government, and the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994 (as amended) do not apply to reserved matters. The Scottish Government has requested on a number of occasions for these powers to be devolved, or at the least for the Secretary of State for Transport to name the Scottish Government as a formal consultation body under Section 2 of the Merchant Shipping (Ship to Ship) Regulations 2010.