§ Mr. Redmond
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list what type of training is available for ship owners who apply to the European Community crew training scheme; if it conforms to the International Maritime Organisation's criteria; how much funding is currently available; how ship owners can apply for these funds; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Norris
The European Commissioner for Transport has put forward proposals for improving maritime safety and these include minimum standards of training for crews employed in ships registered within the Community and a suggestion that Community funds might be used to assist nautical training institutions and 469W EC shipowners who provide on-board training but these are still in a tentative form. These will be discussed in future meetings of the Council of Ministers.