§ Mr. David Porter
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to place before Parliament proposals to amend the practice contained in the document "Assessment of the Suitability of Standby Vessels Attending Off-Shore Installations"; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. David Mitchell
Following earlier consultations a revised draft of the amendments was circulated to interested organisations for further comment. Officials are now studying the replies that have been received. Compliance with the recommendations in the document is voluntary and it is essential that its terms are acceptable to all concerned.
As a non-statutory code it does not need to be placed before Parliament but I will arrange for copies to be deposited in the Library when the document is finalised.