§ Mr. Barry Field
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how the proposals for untaxed crews on the proposed Madeira shipping register will affect the competitiveness of United Kingdom registered shipping:
(2) what effect Portugal's proposal to set up a low-cost shipping register in Madeira will have on (a) British registered shipping and (b) European Community registered shipping.
§ Mr McLoughlin
I have no information on whether United Kingdom or other European owners will wish to register any of their ships on the Madeira shipping register.