§ Mrs. Dunwoody
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what date his Department received the first draft of the study to assess the shore-based demand for United Kingdom seagoing skills; and if he will give the reasons underlying the interval before publication. 
§ Mr. Norris
The report "A study of the UK economy's requirements for people with experience of working at sea" was commissioned in February 1995 by the Department of Transport, the Chamber of Shipping and The Marine Society. The full draft of the report was delivered in May 1996. It was published on 18 July 1996.
The intervening period was to allow the Department and the co-sponsoring organisations to digest the report and to make the arrangements for publication.