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Shipping Policy (Greece)

Volume 986: debated on Wednesday 18 June 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will make a statement relating to the discussions which took place in Greece at the beginning of June between the Under-Secretary of State and the Minister of Mercantile Marine.

When my hon. Friend met the Greek Minister of Mercantile Marine in Athens on 3 June their discussions covered a variety of shipping matters relevant to Greece's forthcoming membership of the European Community. In particular, they included marine safety, the non-competitive shipping practices of the Soviet bloc and UNCTAD's proposals for cargo sharing in the bulk trades.

My hon. Friend found a considerable measure of support for our own shipping policies, in particular a freely competitive shipping environment.