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Debate on impact of off-shore dredging

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Beverley and Holderness MP Graham Stuart said his constituents fear off-shore dredging is having a direct impact on erosion of the East Yorkshire coast.

Mr Stuart said some people living in the area wanted to see marine dredging banned in UK waters, during a debate in Westminster Hall on 1 December 2009.

"I would ask the government to recognise the strength of feeling on this issue," he said.

The MP called for more research into the impact of off-shore dredging.

Environment Minister Huw Irranca-Davies said studies had concluded that off-shore dredging has not impacted on coastal erosion.

"I have no doubt that the research into this will continue, and we welcome that," he said.

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