Select Committee on European Union Fortieth Report


Letter from the Chairman to Stephen Ladyman MP, Minister of State for Transport, Department for Transport

  Sub-Committee B considered this document and your Explanatory Memorandum at its meeting on 27 March 2006.

  We note in your Explanatory Memorandum the clear misgivings the Government has over the proposal in its current state, in particular the potential for an unnecessary additional bureaucratic burden and for a conflict with the UK's existing adherence to IMO guidelines. We will maintain the scrutiny reserve on this proposal.

  We were surprised that you expect the UK maritime industry to be supportive of the proposal, as long as it does not undermine the standing of the MAIB. Can you at this stage give us any guidance on when a formal consultation process will take place? We would of course be grateful to receive the results of such consultation, as well as any news of the emerging timetable for the Directive.

29 March 2006

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