§ 19. Mr. Janner
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he will make a statement regarding the progress of negotiations on the retrospective implementation of the SOLAS '90 regulations.
§ Mr. McLoughlin
A proposal to implement the SOLAS '90 regulations to existing ro-ro passenger ships was put to the maritime safety committee at IMO on 21 May. The committee referred the proposal for evaluation to a specialist sub-committee on stability matters. It is our intention to invite European maritime administrations to an early meeting to discuss the application of the SOLAS '90 residual stability standards to all existing ro-ro passenger ships.