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Shipping: Fees and Charges

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 13 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the Government’s policy is on the proposal from Norway and Denmark for a charge and fund scheme for international shipping. (204969)

I assume the hon. Member is referring to the proposal from Denmark for a global levy on marine bunker fuel. The Government support the aims and intentions behind the proposal.

The Government are clear that, as shipping volumes continue to grow, the industry must take its share of responsibility for tackling the problem of climate change. We also believe it is vital to investigate all options for reducing emissions from international shipping, including improved technology, better operator practices and market-based measures.

The Government therefore welcome the opportunity to debate the proposal at the forthcoming International Maritime Organization Marine Environment Protection Committee working group on greenhouse gas emissions in Oslo in June, together with the wide range of other ideas on the table.