HC Deb 13 July 1998 vol 316 cc7-8W
Mr. Wigley

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what steps he is taking to encourage investment in United Kingdom shipping companies; and if he will make a statement. [49947]

Ms Glenda Jackson

The Government are committed to reversing the decline in the UK merchant fleet and increasing employment and training opportunities for UK seafarers. That is why the Deputy Prime Minister established a Shipping Working Group late last year to look at ways to revitalise the British shipping industry. A shipping policy paper will follow publication of the White Paper on Integrated Transport.

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