§ Mr. Terry Davis
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what was the result of the meeting of officials from several European countries in London on 24 July to discuss the application and timing of a higher standard of residual stability to existing roll on/roll off passenger ferries.
§ Mr. McLoughlin
Officials from the Department's marine directorate had a successful meeting with officials from Belgium, Denmark, France, West Germany, the Republic of Ireland, the Isle of Man, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Sweden.
The application and timing of a higher standard of residual stability to existing roll on/roll off passenger vessels was discussed. Officials are considering the very constructive and substantial comments made with the view to submitting further information to the next International Maritime Organisation meeting.