§ 25. Sir David Price
asked the Secretary of State for Transport how many port state control inspections were made last year; and how this compares with other European countries.
§ Mr. Moore
The number of port state control inspections undertaken in the United Kingdom in 1985 was 2,559. The figures for the region covered by the 14 European signatories to the memorandum of understanding on port state control was 10,044. The memorandum396W incorporates a target inspection rate of 25 per cent. of foreign ships calling at a country's ports. The United Kingdom's inspection rate was 34 per cent. in 1985, representing a major contribution to the deterrence of substandard ships from operating in the region.