HC Deb 07 March 1988 vol 129 c95W
Mrs. Mahon

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he last met representatives of ferry staff to discuss safety standards.

Mr. Channon

I have had no recent meetings with ferry staff on this subject.

Mr. Meacher

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the health and safety implications of longer shift patterns aboard British ferries.

Mr. Channon

Working arrangements on board United Kingdom-registered ferries operating out of United Kingdom ports vary considerably, according to the companies and routes involved. I understand that proposals for new working arrangements for certain routes are now under discussion between the seafarers trades unions and the company concerned. Whatever arrangements may result will, of course, need to comply with the statutory officers manning requirements and with the statutory requirement that the watch system shall be such that the efficiency of watchkeepers is not impaired by fatigue.

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