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Trust Ports

Volume 455: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many trust port board members have served (a) two, (b) three, (c) four, (d) five, (e) six, (f) seven and (g) eight or more terms of office. (111263)

The Department holds information only for those appointments made by the Secretary of State, the details of which are as follows:

(a) Four

(b) Nine

(c) One

(d) One

(e) Nil

(f) Nil

(g) One

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many trust port board members were (a) nominated or (b) appointed by trade unions, broken down by trust port. (111306)

The Department holds information only for those appointments made by the Secretary of State. Of these, none are made by nomination or directly by trade unions, although one appointment to the Milford Haven Port Authority is made, as set out in the Milford Haven Port Authority Act 2002, after consultation with such persons appearing to the Secretary of State to be representative of organised labour in Wales.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many members of each trust port board are nominated by local authorities. (111308)

The Department holds information only for those appointments made by the Secretary of State. Of these, none are made by nomination by local authorities, although two appointments to the Milford Haven Port Authority are made, as set out in the Milford Haven Port Authority Act 2002, after consultation with Pembrokeshire county council.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many trust port board members there are. (111309)

This information is not held centrally by the Department. Each of the 51 trust ports in England and Wales is governed by its own local legislation which stipulates the number of board members.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps (a) local authorities and (b) trust ports are required to take to ensure that appointments of councillors to trust board boards are made through transparent and competitive process. (111680)

Our guidance issued to Trust Ports, “Modernising Trust Ports – A Guide to Good Governance”, did not lay down any additional regulatory requirements in respect of appointments of local authority councillors. It set out a basic set of standards around which individual ports could build an appointment process tailored to their specific requirements.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library copies of the plans received from trust ports for achieving compliance with the corporate governance as required by “Modernising Trust Ports”. (111681)