HC Deb 15 July 1992 vol 211 c774W
Mr. Sproat

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what visits he has made to his EC counterparts in each member state to discuss deregulation matters since 18 April; what agreements came out of such meetings; and what plans he has for making further progress in deregulation matters during the United Kingdom's presidency of the EC.

Mr. MacGregor

Since my appointment as Secretary of State for Transport I have met several of my EC counterparts for discussions on a wide range of issues, and I have invited them all to the informal Transport Council I am holding on 16 and 17 July.

On 23 June, I attended a meeting of the Transport Council in Luxembourg which agreed the third EC aviation liberalisation package, lifting a wide range of restrictions governing air services within the Community from 1 January 1993. Agreements were also reached on the liberalisation of shipping cabotage and road passenger cabotage.

It will be a priority of the United Kingdom presidency of the EC to ensure that further progress is made towards the creation of a single transport market within the Community, based on the principles of competition and liberalisation. In particular, I shall be seeking an agreement on definitive arrangements for road haulage cabotage, and further progress on slot allocation at airports and state aids.