HC Deb 31 March 1993 vol 222 c298W
Mr. Stern

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is the role of his Department in the licensing of scheduled ferries to any destination in balancing demand and provision.

Mr. Norris

The Department has no such role. However, surveyors from the Department's Surveyor General's Organisation carry out surveys on United Kingdom-flagged ferries to ensure compliance with statutory safety standards. Foreign-flagged ferries are also inspected under the port state control arrangements for compliance with international standards.