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State Aid To The U.k. Shipping Industry

EDM number 612 in 1990-91, proposed by Alan Meale on 18/03/1991.

That this House joins with the trade union RMT, the representative body of merchant navy ratings in Britain, in congratulating the General Council of British Shipping, the industry's employers' organisation, for its current campaign to gain ú60 million of budget aid for the United Kingdom merchant fleet; but in doing so, draws attention firstly to the past experiences of state aid to the United Kingdom merchant shipping industry, whereby direct and indirect subsidies have been channelled towards investment in foreign tonnage and the employment of low cost, third world crews; in particular points to the fact that the extension of the business expansion programme scheme to the shipping industry in 1987 failed to produce a single job for the United Kingdom rating; secondly, bears in mind the record of many members of the Council of British Shipping whose own companies have the practice in their deep sea, cruise and cargo fleets of the employment of low cost, third world ratings with many vessels flagged out to off shore registries; and therefore states that, whilst wishing every success to the employers' request for extra financial help to the industry, such assistance should be conditional upon the employment of United Kingdom-domiciled ratings, as well as the registration of vessels on the United Kingdom mainland register.

This motion has been signed by a total of 38 MPs.

Alan Meale18/03/1991MansfieldProposed
Ernie Ross19/03/1991Dundee WestSigned
Eric Illsley19/03/1991Barnsley CentralSigned
John McAllion19/03/1991Dundee EastSigned
Ian McCartney19/03/1991MakerfieldSigned
William McKelvey19/03/1991Kilmarnock & LoudounSigned
Ronnie Campbell19/03/1991Blyth ValleySigned
Terry Davis19/03/1991Birmingham, Hodge HillSigned
Paul Flynn19/03/1991Newport WestSigned
Robert Hughes20/03/1991Aberdeen NorthSigned
Jimmy Dunnachie20/03/1991Glasgow, PollokSigned
Alice Mahon20/03/1991HalifaxSigned
David Lambie20/03/1991Cunninghame SouthSigned
Doug Hoyle20/03/1991Warrington NorthSigned
Peter Hardy21/03/1991WentworthSigned
Roy Hughes21/03/1991Newport EastSigned
John Cummings21/03/1991EasingtonSigned
Win Griffiths21/03/1991BridgendSigned
Bill Michie22/03/1991Sheffield, HeeleySigned
Joyce Quin25/03/1991Gateshead EastSigned
Tony Banks25/03/1991Newham North WestSigned
Chris Mullin25/03/1991Sunderland SouthSigned
Lawrence Cunliffe25/03/1991LeighSigned
Robert Parry26/03/1991Liverpool, RiversideSigned
Calum MacDonald26/03/1991Na h-Eileanan an IarSigned
Elliot Morley26/03/1991Glanford and ScunthorpeSigned
David Clelland26/03/1991Tyne BridgeSigned
Frank Doran26/03/1991Aberdeen SouthSigned
James Wray26/03/1991Glasgow ProvanSigned
John Smith27/03/1991Vale of GlamorganSigned
Denzil Davies15/04/1991LlanelliSigned
Tony Worthington15/04/1991Clydebank & MilngavieSigned
Andrew Smith18/04/1991Oxford EastSigned
Martyn Jones18/04/1991Clwyd South WestSigned
Edward O'Hara18/04/1991Knowsley SouthSigned
George Howarth24/04/1991Knowsley NorthSigned
Tommy Graham26/04/1991Renfrew West and InverclydeSigned
Jack Thompson01/05/1991WansbeckSigned

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