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UK Seafarers

Volume 449: debated on Monday 24 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what steps he is taking to increase the number of UK seafarers working regularly at sea and the number of new entrant trainees; (87547)

(2) when the Government will make a decision on linking tonnage paid by the shipping companies to the employment of British officers.

I am considering the advice of the Shipping Task Force sub-group that was formed to propose measures to improve the maritime employment environment. The advice of the sub-group includes measures linked to both the training and employment of UK seafarers. I will make an announcement in due course.