HC Deb 27 June 1996 vol 280 cc207-8W
Mr. Foulkes

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the consultation and consideration by the Marine Safety Agency on a code of safety practice for fishing vessels under 12m to be concluded; how he proposes to deal with the recommendations arising from this consideration; what representations he has received about the time taken to consult on and consider this matter; and if he will make a statement. [34794]

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. George Foulkes, dated 27 June 1996: The Secretary of State for Transport has asked me to reply to your Question about the Marine Safety Agency's proposed Code of Safe Practice for Fishing Vessels under 12m in length. The technical standards in the Code are almost complete and consultation with the fishing industry on how the Code should be implemented is still underway. The consultation process will encompass the timescale for implementing the Code and the means of applying it. A statement will be made when agreement is reached with the fishing industry.