HC Deb 18 March 1985 vol 75 c368W
4. Sir David Price

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to halt the continuing decline in the size of the British merchant marine.

Mr. Ridley

I am pursuing vigorously the recent progress by officials from the USA and the states in the Consultative Shipping Group on co-ordinated action against protectionism in shipping. I am pressing for swift action on the shipping measures proposed earlier this month to the Council of Ministers by the European Commission. I am in close touch with the General Council of British Shipping on all points it has raised for Government action.