§ Mr. Wingfield Digby
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made in formu- 24W 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.