Select Committee on Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence

Annex 1



  Principles to be used as a basis:

    —  open markets and free and fair competition between and within ports;

    —  monopoly situations and dominant positions should not be abused and where at all possible be eliminated;

    —  if more operators are impracticable (extremely limited) there should be competitive tendering within clearly well defined time-scales and procedures;

    —  market access and self-handling (where appropriate) should not be restricted by regulation;

    —  in case of no effective competition a review panel including users should be established to review the pricing policy for the service concerned;

    —  services should only be paid for when actually used;

    —  no compulsory use of services except for named and agreed safety risk assessed cases;

    —  prices must be fair, transparent where appropriate and reflect the true costs incurred for efficient services as required by the users;

    —  there should be no flag or other discrimination regarding access, use and enjoyment of benefits, allocation of berths, loading and unloading facilities, etc;

    —  outmoded labour prescriptions and/or labour prescriptions limiting/preventing free and fair competition and efficiency of port services to be abolished.

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