§ Mr. Fallon
asked the Secretary of State for Transport whether the working groups set up to look into the transfer of ships to the United Kingdom register have completed their work; and what conclusions they have reached.
§ Mr. David Mitchell
The two working groups whose formation was announced in December 1982 have completed their work and a copy of the report has been placed in the Library. They found that some of the costs that have in the past been incurred upon the transfer of ships to United Kingdom registry were avoidable. To minimise such costs in future, they agreed upon revised procedures, which have been incorporated in instructions to my Department's marine surveyors.