Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

Session 2003-04
25 March 2004 Dismantling defunct ships in the UK: new inquiry announced

25 March 2004 Dismantling defunct ships in the UK: new inquiry announced

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has decided to set up a sub-committee to undertake an inquiry into the environmental impacts of the dismantling of defunct ships in the United Kingdom.

The terms of reference of the inquiry are:

"In light of the issues surrounding the dismantling of US Navy vessels on Teesside, the phasing out of single-hulled tankers, and the need to dispose of defunct UK naval vessels, the Committee is undertaking an inquiry into the environmental impacts of dismantling defunct ships in the United Kingdom, and the methods of disposal to be used. In particular the Committee will consider:

  • what facilities and expertise are already in place in England and Wales to dismantle defunct ships safely

  • what is the likely demand for such facilities and what would be the likely economic and environmental impacts of meeting such a demand

  • what is the legal status of importing such vessels for dismantling (the Committee will particularly seek to clarify what are the implications for the industry of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants), and

  • how defunct United Kingdom vessels are currently dealt with, and what plans have been made to cope with their disposal."

The Committee invites all interested parties to submit written evidence which addresses these terms of reference. The deadline for the submission of evidence is Friday 14 May 2004.

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Evidence should be submitted in Word or WordPerfect formats, and should be sent by e-mail to [email protected] The body of the e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from.

Submissions should be as brief as possible, and certainly no more than 3,000 words. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document should include a brief executive summary. Those submitting evidence are reminded that evidence should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted no public use should be made of it, but those wishing to publish their evidence before it is published by the Committee are invited to contact the Clerk of the Committee to obtain permission to do so.