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Volume 692: debated on Thursday 24 May 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What steps they are taking to encourage the transport of goods imported into the United Kingdom by sea rather than by air.[HL3932]

The Government support the EU Marco Polo scheme that encourages greater use of water transport between EU states in preference to road transport.

Because of the higher costs involved in air transport this tends to be restricted to goods of a specialist nature and goods with a time constraint. As a result, air freight does not compete generally with water transport.