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Shipping: ELL Action

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 4 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions she has had with her opposite numbers in other EU states about the EU’s consultation paper “Towards a future Maritime Policy for the Union”. (146403)

The former Minister of State, the hon. Member for South Thanet (Dr. Ladyman) recently held a meeting with the Portuguese State Secretary for Defence and Maritime Affairs to discuss this EU consultation and the plans of the Portuguese presidency in addressing its outcome.

In addition, officials have worked closely with those of other EU member states on this matter and have been involved in both formal community working groups and an informal ‘friends of the presidency’ group.