Transport Committee Press Notice


Call for evidence

The House of Commons Transport Committee is to conduct an inquiry into the new National Boatmasters' Licence, introduced on 1 January 2007 by the Merchant Shipping (Inland Waterway and Limited Coastal Operations) (Boatmasters' Qualifications and Hours of Work) Regulations 2006. The Regulations implement EC Directive 96/50/EC on "Harmonisation of the conditions for obtaining national boatmasters' certificates for the carriage of goods and passengers by inland waterway in the Community".

Interested parties are invited to submit written memoranda to the Committee no later than Monday 12 February.

Oral evidence

An oral evidence session has been arranged for Wednesday 7 March at 2.45 pm in the House of Commons. Prospective witnesses will be contacted in due course. It would assist the Committee if those submitting written evidence could give an indication of their availability to give evidence on that date, though only a small proportion of those who submit written evidence are usually called.

Guidance on submitting written evidence

It assists the Committee if those submitting written evidence adhere to the following guidelines:

1. Submissions should be as short as is consistent with conveying the relevant information. As a rough guide, it is usually helpful if they can be confined to six pages or less. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference. A single-page summary of the main points is sometimes helpful. The submission should be in a form suitable for monochrome photocopying.

2. Evidence should be submitted in Word or Rich Text format, by e-mail to the above address. The body of the e-mail should include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. It should be absolutely clear who the submission is from, particularly whether it is on behalf of an organisation or in the name of an individual.

3. Once accepted by the Committee, written evidence becomes the Committee's property and it may decide to publish it or make other public use of it. You should not publish evidence submitted to the Committee. If you wish your submission, or any part of it, to be treated as confidential, then please indicate this clearly when you submit it.

4. Though the Committee is happy to receive copies of published material, formal submissions of evidence should be original work and not published elsewhere.

5. Committee staff are happy to give further advice on any aspect of the Committee's work by phone or e-mail.

More detailed guidance on giving evidence to a select committee is available on-line at:


1. The Regulations introducing the new licence were not subject to Parliamentary approval but, following objections from the Opposition, they will be debated in a Delegated Legislation Committee on Wednesday 24 January at 2.30 pm, in Committee Room 12. The Committee does not have the power to amend or reject the Regulations.

2. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency's Regulatory Impact Assessment for the new Licence is available on-line here:

3. The Regulations are available here:

4. The Membership of the Transport Committee is as follows:




Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Chairman)

Crewe and Nantwich


Mr David Clelland

Tyne Bridge


Mr Jeffrey M Donaldson

Lagan Valley

Democratic Unionist

Clive Efford



Mrs Louise Ellman

Liverpool Riverside


Mr Philip Hollobone



Mr John Leech

Manchester Withington

Liberal Democrats

Mr Eric Martlew



Mr Lee Scott

Ilford North


Mr Graham Stringer

Manchester Blackley


Mr David Wilshire



Press Notice 10/2006-07 24 January 2007