HC Deb 11 May 1999 vol 331 cc105-6W
34. Mr. Gardiner

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will make a statement on his assessment of the safety of ships registered in Belize.[82814]

Dr. Reid

The safety record of the Belize register is unsatisfactory. During 1995–97, 139 Belize vessels were inspected by Port State Control authorities within the Paris Memorandum of Understanding area which covers Europe, Russia and Canada. Of these, 84 were detained for faults to be remedied before vessels could safely put to sea. That is a detention percentage of 60.43 per cent. as against an average for all flags of 16.42 per cent.

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