§ 29. Mr. Waterson
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to promote safety for shipping in United Kingdom waters; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Sir George Young
We have successfully pursued a number of proposals, through the International Maritime Organisation and the European Community, leading to agreements on improving safety standards in shipping. These include the Stockholm agreement on ferry safety, which we shall be implementing shortly through new regulations. We shall continue to work towards the implementation of higher standards in construction and management of ships.