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Ports and Harbours

Volume 718: debated on Tuesday 30 March 2010

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to limit the financial support available to assist employee share ownership schemes in preparing any bid under proposals by the private sector under the Ports Act 1991. [HL3170]

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will support the Dover Harbour Board's intention to establish a community fund by allowing the proposed Port of Dover Community Trust to receive a percentage of the proceeds of any sale of the assets of the Dover Harbour Board. [HL3171]

I will take full account of the representations received, including any on employee share ownership or the proposed Port of Dover Community Trust, before considering whether or not to approve the transfer scheme put forward by Dover Harbour Board. The statutory period for representations ended on 25 March 2010.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether proposals by trust ports defined as public corporations to sell their undertakings will be subject to the same conditions as apply to all public corporations. [HL3172]

Any proposals by trust ports to sell their undertakings would be carried out in accordance with the Ports Act 1991.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, before issuing guidance on the procedure for selling trust ports, they considered classifying the revenue and assets of trust ports defined as public corporations in accordance with guidance notes published by the Office for National Statistics. [HL3173]

Classification of expenditure was not considered a relevant matter for inclusion in the department’s guidance on the sale of trust ports.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the six trust ports in England and Wales defined as public corporations are included in the Department for Transport's resource accounts.[HL3174]

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Transport, David Jamieson, on 13 July 2004 (HC Deb, col 1018W), what are the latest figures for the net worth of the six trust ports in England and Wales defined as public corporations. [HL3175]

The latest published accounts we have received from the major trust ports defined as public corporations show on the balance sheets values of net assets of each port as follows:

£ million

Port of London

54.8

Port of Tyne

136.7

Shoreham Port

22.4

Milford Haven Port Authority

50.4

Harwich Haven Authority

43.9

Port of Poole

12.6

Port of Dover

160.3

All account information is at 31 December 2008 except Poole which is as at 31 March 2009.