§ Mr. Terry Davis
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department has prepared a paper for presentation to the International Maritime Organisation requesting urgent consideration of the application of a revised standard of damage stability to all existing roll-on roll-off passenger ships, as recommended by the steering committee of the roll-on roll-off ferry safety research programme; and when in May the maritime safety committee of the International Maritime Organisation will meet.
§ Mr. McLoughlin
My Department has already submitted a paper to the 58th session of the maritime safety committee of the International Maritime Organisation, which takes place from 21 to 25 May 1990. Our paper sets out the work and recommendations of the ro-ro safety research programme, and proposes thatthe Committee consider the adoption of a standard of residual stability for existing ro-ro ferries higher than that now required by the Convention",and will include the steering committee and overview reports.