HC Deb 22 January 1997 vol 288 cc634-5W
Mr. Dafis

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Milford Haven port authority; what measures he has (a) taken and (b) proposes to improve the operations of the authority; and if he will make a statement. [11351]

Mr. Bowis

The operation of the Milford Haven port authority is governed by the Milford Haven Conservancy Act 1983, which does not provide a basis for such an assessment. The terms of reference for the Marine Accidents Investigation Branch investigation into the causes of the grounding and salvage of the Sea Empress cover, inter alia, the safety of port operations in relation to that incident.