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Freight Transport

Volume 453: debated on Monday 20 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with retailers and other companies on making greater use of inland waterway and coastal freight transport in their supply chain. (101455)

The Department's main work in this area is through the funding it provides for Sea and Water—an industry body which Government established in 2003 with a remit to promote the movement of freight and coastal shipping. Sea and Water holds frequent meetings with potential users of water freight services and hosts seminars on the issue, including one in 2005 specifically for the retail sector.

Sea and Water is an industry body, partly funded by Government, with a remit to promote the movement of freight by inland and short sea shipping. Details about the organisation and its promotional activities can be found on their website at:

http://www.seaandwater.org