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Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: We supported the new directive on port state control which was part of the Erika 1 package and which introduced the procedure for banning certain classes of vessels from Community ports. Any vessel which meets the criteria in the new directive will be refused access to UK ports once the directive is implemented.

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer asked Her Majesty's Govenment:

Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: The level of inspection exceeds that required by the Port State Control Directive [1995/21/EC].

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: The UK will pay more attention to this type of vessel within the European inspection regime covered by the directive on port state control.

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: Yes, for the purposes of port state control Gibraltar is considered as a UK port and contributes to UK inspection effort.

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Driving Disqualifications: Channel Islands and Gibraltar

Baroness Anelay of St Johns asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What discussions they have held with the Channel Islands and Gibraltar with regard to their plans to amend the Road Traffic Act 1988 to introduce the recognition in Great Britain of driving disqualifications imposed in those places; and what undertakings have been given by the Channel Islands and Gibraltar reciprocal legislation for mutual recognition.[HL500]

Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: The Crime (International Co-operation) Bill, which proposes measures to ratify the international convention on driving disqualifications, also proposes measures for the recognition by Great Britain of driving disqualifications imposed in the Channel Islands and Gibraltar as part of a package which also covers Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man. Her Majesty's Government propose that such recognition of disqualifications imposed in any one of these jurisdictions should occur only when that jurisdiction has put into practice recognition of driving disqualifications imposed in Great Britain. Only then will the relevant provisions in the Bill be commenced in relation to the relevant administration. Officials have been in touch with officials of the Jersey, Guernsey and Gibraltar administrations, all of whom have expressed themselves content in principle with arrangements on the lines proposed. No undertaking is required from the Jersey, Guernsey, or Gibraltar administrations to introduce reciprocal legislation. The Government will however encourage the Channel Islands and Gibraltar jurisdictions to consider doing so.

Road Vehicle Lighting

Lord Freyberg asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by Lord Macdonald of Tradeston on 9 December (WA352-353), whether their proposal to amend the Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations 1989 will permit flashing lamps to be used as an alternative to steady lights or only in conjunction with steady lights.[HL583]

Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: As the Written Answer of 9 December stated, the Government's proposal is to permit flashing lamps only to be used in conjunction with steady lamps.

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