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Parliamentary slap down o' the day

From Hansard:

"Adrian Sanders (LD): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to charge a fee towards tug protection on laid-up shipping at anchor within UK territorial waters. [264147]

Jim Fitzpatrick: There are no plans to charge fees for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s (MCA) tug protection services.

The MCA is not aware of any vessels that have been “laid up” at anchor. Anchored vessels must be maintained in a fully operational state".


Ouch.

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