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Shipping: Light Dues

Volume 716: debated on Wednesday 13 January 2010

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government, regarding the report they commissioned on behalf of the General Lighthouse Authorities from Raven Trading reviewing the impact of light dues increases, whether any assessment has been made of a potential conflict of interest involving a partner of Strategic Transport Solutions International, which was used in the production of the report, who is also a board member of the Commissioners of Irish Lights. [HL1158]

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the independence of the authorship of the report they commissioned on behalf of the General Lighthouse Authorities from Raven Trading reviewing the impact of light dues increases; and, if any assessment has been made, what action will follow from their conclusion. [HL1160]

No conflict of interest exists, as no board member of the Commissioners of Irish Lights was involved in the production of either of the Raven Trading reports. There is no basis on which to question the independence of the report's authorship.

We revised the level of light dues only after taking account of industry views expressed in a full consultation on the subject matter last year.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they approved the use of Strategic Transport Solutions International as a contributor to the report they commissioned on behalf of the General Lighthouse Authorities from Raven Trading reviewing the impact of light dues increases; and whether they approved the involvement of a board member of the Commissioners of Irish Lights. [HL1159]

There was no requirement for my department to approve the use of any subcontractor for this work. No board member of the Commissioners of Irish Lights was involved in the production of either Raven Trading report.