HC Deb 19 November 1996 vol 285 cc477-8W
Mr. Ainger

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which of the recommendations of the Donaldson report which were referred to in his answer of 14 March,Official Report, column 721, as under consideration (a) are to be included in the proposed Merchant Shipping and Maritime Security Bill and (b) have been implemented to date; and if he will make a statement. [3507]

Mr. Bowis

The Government have accepted 91 of the Donaldson report's 103 recommendations and rejected only four. Eight remain under consideration. Of these, the Merchant Shipping and Maritime Security Bill includes enabling powers to take forward recommendations 95 and 96, proposing charges for port state control inspections and emergency response. There is no intention of charging for marine search and rescue.

A progress report giving details of the action taken as at 31 October on all the recommendations in the Donaldson report has been placed in the Library of the House.