HC Deb 16 April 1996 vol 275 cc436-7W
Mr. Allen

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the shipping companies which have received assistance under(a) the Government assistance for training scheme and (b) the development of certificated sectors scheme in the past 12 months; and if he will provide a breakdown of the level of the assistance given to each company. [24476]

Mr. Norris

I have asked the chief executive of the Marine Safety Agency to write to the hon. Member.

Letter from R. M. Bradley to Mr. Graham Allen, dated 16 April 1996: The Secretary of State for Transport has asked me to reply to your Question about the amount of assistance received by shipping companies under the Government Assistance for Training (GAFT) and Development of Certificated Seafarers (DOCS) Schemes in the last 12 months, as the responsibility of administering the schemes lies with the Marine Safety Agency (MSA). May I first explain that assistance under the GAFT scheme, currently £55 per week, is not payable to shipping companies but to eligible trainees via "Managing Agents". The total assistance paid in the last 12 months amounted to £3.22 million of which £151,360 was paid to Managing Agents to cover administrative costs, at the rate of £110 per annum for each trainee. As regards DOCS, financial assistance is paid to eligible companies against the cost of each junior officer undergoing training for a second certificate of competency. The grant of £16 per training day for each trainee, amounted to £1,518,436 in the last 12 months. A breakdown of payments to companies is attached at Annex A.

Annex A: Developments of Certificated Seafarers Scheme. Payments made from 1 April 1996 to 31 March 1996
Company Payments £
ARC Marine Ltd. 17,984
Bibby International Services (IOM) Ltd. 26,736
Boston Putford Offshore Safety 20,304
BP Shipping Ltd. 265,856
Cable and Wireless Marine Ltd. 17,232
Cunard Line Ltd. 30,432
Delta Marine Personnel Services Ltd. 6,896
Denholm Ship Management (TOM) Ltd. 34,128
F T Everard and Sons Ltd. 18,128
James Fisher and Sons (Liverpool) Ltd. 55,296
James Fisher and Sons Plc 2,864
London and Overseas Freighters (UK) Ltd. 33,856
Lowline Ltd. 27,024
Mobil Shipping Co Ltd. 48,768
Northern Marine Management Ltd. 48,112
Oil Ltd. 43,360
P&O Containers Ltd. 171,136
P&O Cruises Ltd. 73,872
P&O Tankships Ltd. 12,800
Petroleum Shipping Ltd. 45,280
R Lapthorn and Co Ltd. 3,728
Ropner Shipping Services Ltd. 11,988
Shell Marine Personnel (IOM) Ltd. 332,640
Souter Shipping Ltd. 22,752
South Coast Shipping Ltd. 13,184
Star Offshore Services Marine Ltd. 1,328
Stena Line Ltd. 32,736
Stirling Ship Management Ltd. 8,400
Annex A: Developments of Certificated Seafarers Scheme. Payments made from 1 April 1996 to 31 March 1996
Company Payments £
Texaco Overseas Tankship Ltd. 176
The Maersk Company (IOM) Ltd. 91,440
Total 1,518,436