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Nautilus welcomes criminal investigation into P&O Ferries

4 April 2022

Nautilus International has welcomed the news that the Insolvency Service has 'initiated both formal criminal and civil investigations' into the circumstances of the redundancies made by P&O Ferries.

'This is a welcome and overdue development,' said Nautilus general secretary Mark Dickinson. 'The least our members could expect for a company that wilfully and blatantly broke the law.'

The Insolvency Service wrote to business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng confirming its intentions, in reply to a letter from Mr Kwarteng asking the Service to undertake an 'urgent and thorough enquiry into the circumstances surrounding the redundancies… to determine whether the law has been complied with and consider prompt and appropriate action where it has not'.

Mr Kwarteng said that he and transport secretary Grant Shapps would continue to follow the investigation closely.

'The Insolvency Service has reviewed P&O Ferries' actions and placed it under criminal investigation for its actions,' Mr Shapps added.

'Peter Hebblethwaite stood before MPs and admitted to breaking the law, and his actions must now be scrutinised.'