HC Deb 20 March 2001 vol 365 c114W
18. Mr. Ernie Ross

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will make a statement on Government support for the UK's shipping industry. [152925]

Mr. Hill

We have a tonnage tax option for shipping companies, and a capital allowances measure for those not in tonnage tax.

The Government support seafarer training.

We also pay crew relief cost grant. And seafarers spending more than half the year abroad pay no income tax. We have removed excess regulation.