§ Ms Walley
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when his Department's charter of the tug Smit-Lloyd Safe for emergency salvage cover in Scottish waters ends; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) when his Department's charter of the tug Far Turbot for emergency salvage cover in the English channel ends; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Norris
The existing Coastguard agency charter of the tugs Smit-Lloyd Safe and the Far Turbot ends on 30 April 1966. The intention is that this provision will recommence on 1 October 1996 for a period of six months.
The Coastguard agency has arrangements with four firms of UK tug brokers to make towing vessels available in an emergency. HM Coastguard rescue centres maintain databases of suitable vessels in their locality, including harbour tugs. The agency has a draft understanding with the British Tugowners Association that its members will, if possible, make tugs available for emergencies. We will continue to work closely with the tug industry to ensure the best possible access to emergency towing vessels.