Select Committee on European Communities Report


11.  COMMISSION GREEN PAPER ON SEA PORTS AND MARITIME INFRASTRUCTURE (13615/97)

Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee, to Glenda Jackson CBE MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions

  The above proposal was considered by Sub-Committee B at its meeting this morning.

  Your Explanatory Memorandum, dated 23 January, states that the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions is currently undertaking a consultation exercise on the Green Paper with a view to responding to the Commission by 1 April.

  The Committee would be grateful to be informed of the results of this consultation exercise and the subsequent submission to the Commission, particularly with regard to two issues: the public funding of port infrastructure; and the liberalisation of port services. In the meantime, this letter maintains the scrutiny reserve.

12 March 1998

Letter from Glenda Jackson CBE MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, to Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee

  Your letter dated 12 March asked for the Select Committee on the European Communities to be kept informed of the consultation exercise undertaken by this Department, in respect of the EC Green Paper on Sea Ports and Maritime Infrastructure.

  Following consultation with a broad range of interested parties, the Government response to the Green Paper was sent to the Commission on 1 April. I attach a copy of the response, together with an annex showing the results of the consultation exercise (not printed). You will note that the two initiatives of particular interest to the Select Committee, namely public funding of port infrastructure and liberalisation of port services, are covered in some detail on pages 7 and 15.

6 May 1998


 
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