§ Mr. Lidington
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what date Able UK applied to her Department for(a) a dredging licence and (b) a licence to build a protective bund for a proposed dry dock in respect of the planned decommissioning of United States vessels. 
§ Mr. Morley
[holding answer 10 November 2003]The information is as follows:
(a) Defra regulates the disposal of dredged material at sea rather than dredging per se. The Department received an application for disposal of dredged material on 20 October 2003.
(b) Able UK applied for a FEPA licence to build a coffer dam at the mouth of the TERRC basin on 26 September 2003.
A FEPA licence had been applied for successfully before but had lapsed.