Date lodged: 24 October 2016
To ask the Scottish Government, what discussions it has had with the UK Government on the implications for (a) seafarer training, (b) ferry services and (c) fishing vessels in Scotland of proposed changes to the fees charged for regulatory compliance in these areas.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 3 November 2016
The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Andrew Jones MP, wrote to the Scottish Government on 26 November 2015 detailing a proposal to undertake a consultation on increasing the fees associated with Merchant Shipping (Fees) Regulations charged by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to reach full cost recovery. The then Minister for Transport and Islands, Derek Mackay MSP, replied on 7 December 2015 recognising that fees had not increased since 2006 and that industry bodies were largely supportive of the aim to improve the MCA’s regulatory functions, but cautioning that the full impact of increasing fees during this challenging period should be considered, along with requesting they kept open the option of phasing in the increases.