§ Ms. Walley
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will give the number of port state control inspections over the past 10 years, the percentage of inspections as a total of vessels using British ports in each year, and the number and percentage of ferries inspected using British ports in each year.292W
§ Mr. McLoughlin
The number of foreign ships given port state inspections at United Kingdom ports from 1983 to 1990, and the numbers of inspections as a percentage of the numbers of foreign ships using United Kingdom ports in those years were:
Year Numbers Per cent. 1983 2,557 40 1984 2,529 39 1985 2,532 39 1986 2,439 32 1987 2,250 35 1988 1,839 30 1989 1,692 127 1990 2,118 134 1 Based on the 1988 figure for ships visiting, which is the latest available.
Figures for earlier years are not available.
The number of inspections of foreign-registered roll on/roll off passenger ferries at United Kingdom ports from 1988 to 1990 were:
Year Number 1988 136 1989 134 1990 82
Most foreign ferries were inspected twice in each of the three years and the numbers of inspections consequently exceed the numbers of such ferries available for inspection at our ports. The number of foreign ferries using United Kingdom ports varies considerably during the year. At March 1990, a total of 49 such vessels were operating. Figures for earlier years are not available.