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Trust Ports

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what proportion of directors of trust ports have served (a) two terms of office and (b) more than two terms of office. (100165)

The Department holds information only for the 27 appointments made by the Secretary of State. Of these, four appointees have served two terms of office and 13 have served more than two terms.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the status is of the document Modernising Trust Ports; what mechanisms are in place (a) to encourage and (b) to require compliance; and what assessment he has made of the trust ports' implementation of the recommendations in the document to date. (100166)

“Modernising Trust Ports—A Guide to Good Governance” is intended to advise trust ports on the general standards of conduct and accountability that the Government expects of them. Subsequent to publication we continue to advise on the steps ports can take to comply with them. There is no statutory obligation upon the ports in question to comply but the majority have either taken or are taking legislative means to do so by way of Harbour Revision Orders and other administrative changes.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations he has received on the corporate governance of trust ports. (100167)

The Department sought comments on issues surrounding the governance of trust ports as part of a general consultation on ports policy published in May. A range of responses including from trust ports themselves, other ports, local authorities and individuals were received and are now being assessed. A summary of the responses will be published on our website shortly.