HC Deb 05 April 1971 vol 815 cc23-4W
Mr. Wingfield Digby

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made in formu- lating a code of practice for regulating shipping conferences, as agreed by maritime governments of the Consultative Shipping Group.

Mr. Anthony Grant

Governments of the 12 maritime countries represented at the meeting of Ministers in Tokyo on 2nd-3rd February requested their ship-owners to elaborate the details of a code of conference practice in consultation with their shippers and to present them to the governments, for further consideration, before the end of 1971. When a code has been approved by governments, the ship-owners will be recommended to work for its adoption in conferences of which they are members. I understand that the ship-owners are making progress in formulating the details of such a code.