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Volume 455: debated on Thursday 25 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the statement of the Minister of State for Transport of 10 January 2007, Official Report, column 97WH, what the evidential basis was for the statement that no test of local knowledge is necessary for certification of boatmasters of vessels navigating the Thames downstream of the Thames Barrier. (111413)

The criteria for determining local knowledge requirements were drawn up during consultation on the development of the new Boatmasters’ Licence. The extension of the local knowledge area downstream of the Thames Barrier was not considered necessary following an assessment of the modern day traffic density and tide and current conditions against those criteria. The assessment was carried out on behalf of the Port of London Authority.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made in the (a) review and (b) implementation of the proposed Boatmaster’s Licence. (111394)

The review of the proposed Boatmaster’s Licence regime was completed in late 2006 and the regulations implementing the new regime came into force on 1 January 2007.