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Volume 77: debated on Thursday 18 April 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport what is the cost of pilotage for a 50,000-tonne vessel in the port of Hull compared with Hamburg, Antwerp and Rouen.

The pilotage costs for one vessel of 50,000 GRT entering Hull are £1,978. My Department does not have available the rates of pilotage charges for Hamburg, Antwerp or Rouen.

asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he is satisfied that the proposed alterations in pilotage will lead to savings without reducing the safety of navigation.

I believe that placing the responsibility for pilotage on harbour authorities is the best means of achieving this objective and of ensuring the provision of an efficient and cost-effective pilotage service to meet the requirements of safety.