Date lodged: 12 January 2017
To ask the Scottish Government how it uses section 48 of the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994 (as amended) to assess the impact on wildlife sites of ship-to-ship transfers of (a) oil and (b) other chemicals in (i) harbour authority areas, (ii) other inshore waters and (iii) offshore waters, and what assessment it has made of (A) the impact of its approach and (B) whether its approach meets the requirements of the habitats directive.
Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 26 January 2017
All matters relating to ship-to-ship transfers are reserved to the UK Government. The Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994 (as amended) do not apply to reserved matters.