Select Committee on European Union Fortieth Report


PORT STATE CONTROL (5632/06)

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

  Thank you for your Explanatory Memorandum on this document which Sub-Committee B considered at its meeting on 27 February 2006.

  We are maintaining the scrutiny reserve at this stage. We would be grateful for an update from you on this document after the June Transport Council and after the European Parliament's first substantive consideration of it.

1 March 2006

Letter from Stephen Ladyman MP to the Chairman

  Thank you for your letter of 1 March, in which you maintained the scrutiny reserve.

  I will as requested be able to provide an update for your Committee on this document following the June Transport Council and after the European Parliament's first substantive consideration of it, for which no date has yet been set.

10 March 2006

Letter from the Chairman to Stephen Ladyman MP

  Thank you for your letter of 10 March 2006, which Sub-Committee B considered at its meeting on 27 March 2006.

  We will await your update following the June Transport Council and continue to maintain the scrutiny reserve at this stage.

29 March 2006

Letter from Stephen Ladyman MP to the Chairman

  Thank you for your letter of 29 March, in which you maintained the scrutiny reserve. As requested, I am writing to update you on progress in negotiations on the dossier.

  Examination of the proposal in Council began at the end of the UK Presidency. One issue on which discussions have so far focused has been the New Inspection Regime (NIR), specifically the criteria to be used to prioritise vessels for inspection.

  Work on developing the NIR has simultaneously been taken forward by the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control (Paris MoU), which includes both EU and non-EU member States, including Russia and Canada. The NIR was agreed in principle by the Paris MoU at its Committee meeting in May 2006, subject to continuing discussion on a small number of outstanding issues. The Government considers it important that the requirements of the Directive should be compatible with the outcome of the Paris MoU's work on targeting and we are confident that objective will be achieved.

  The Transport Council received a short progress report on these developments in June and negotiations are set to continue in working group during the Finnish Presidency, with the aim of general approach being reached on the dossier at the December 2006 Transport Council. The European Parliament has yet to consider the proposal, but is expected to do so during the Finnish Presidency.

13 July 2006

Letter from the Chairman to Stephen Ladyman MP

  Thank you for your letter of 13 July, replying to my letter of 29 March. Sub-Committee B considered your letter at its meeting on 24 July.

  We were grateful to you for your progress report following the June Transport Council. We would also be grateful for an update when negotiations in the Council working groups over the New Inspection Regime are concluded. We are reassured by your confidence that the requirements of the Directive will be compatible with the outcome of the Paris Memorandum of Understanding's work on the NIR.

  We will maintain the scrutiny reserve on this proposal at this stage.

25 July 2006



 
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