HC Deb 09 February 2004 vol 417 cc1234-5W
Mr. Carmichael

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when his Department will revise the Crew Relief Costs scheme eligibility criteria to align them with shipping policy objectives to support the UK register and British seafarers employed in the short-sea sector as set out in the shipping strategy paper, "British Shipping: Charting a New Course", published in December 1998. [152951]

Mr. Jamieson

Revision of the eligibility criteria for the Crew Relief Costs scheme requires primary legislation. It will be implemented when parliamentary time is available.