§ Mr. Shersby
asked the Secretary of State for Trade (1) what are the definitions adopted by his Department of a national line and a shipper for the purposes of the United Nations liner code;
(2) if ships owned by a British company registered at the British companies registry but controlled from Hong Kong are regarded by his Department as a British national line within the terms of the United Nations liner code.
§ Mr. Sproat
It is intended that legislation to enable the United Kingdom to accede to the Convention will contain provisions to enable regulations to be made to clarify the definitions of national shipping lines and shippers contained in the code, or add additional criteria if necessary. The Department will consult interested parties before making any regulations.