Examination of Witness (Questions 660
WEDNESDAY 24 JANUARY 2001
MR M STOREY
660. You are seeking to reduce the impact of
transport on the environment.
(Mr Storey) Yes: the National Contingency Plan and
the work we have been doing with the port authorities on cleaning
up oil spills, on these garbage disposal plans. We are doing our
bit as far as the environment is concerned. Internationally at
IMO we are constantly pursuing the reduction of noxious gases
from ships' engines.
661. Really? What effect does that have?
(Mr Storey) The standards are changing slowly with
the engine manufacturers and the "nox and sox" as they
are called, which are some of the bad gases, are actually slowly
being reduced and there are regulations within MARPOL to have
a better standard of engine, so they emit fewer bad gases.
662. Are you having an input into that and suggesting
a set of standards?
(Mr Storey) We have been working with the IMO as part
of its team on looking at setting standards for continuous improvement.
663. What steps do the Department take to monitor
what you do?
(Mr Storey) I have an advisory board which is chaired
by the Director General of the Railways, Airways and Maritime
664. How often does that meet?
(Mr Storey) We meet four times and year. I have to
do a quarterly report and we have a meeting next week. We have
our own shipping policy division and we are in very regular contact.
665. What is "regular contact"?
(Mr Storey) I would say weekly, sometimes daily. We
have the Corporate Business and Agencies Division within the DETR
who monitor our expenditure, our programme, our development and
our delivery of our key targets.
Chairman: Good. I am glad to see that someone
has given you their attention. I think we shall continue to do
so as well. Thank you for coming.