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Publication of Report


The Transport Committee, completing the investigation started by its predecessor Committees, inquired into major ports, their hinterlands, their land transport links and their sea approaches. In particular they looked at:

• What contribution major ports make to the economy of the United Kingdom;

• What problems and opportunities currently face major ports, particularly with respect to co-operation with each other, safety, the environment, and regulation;

• Whether the proposals contained in the Government’s document Modern Ports: A UK Policy are adequate to address the difficulties and opportunities faced by such ports; and

• What other policies should be pursued to benefit such ports.

The Transport Committee=s Ninth Report of the 2002-03 Session, on Ports (HC 783-I), will be published on Thursday November 13 at a Press Conference at 11.00a.m. in Committee Room 16.

Advance copies of the Report will be available under embargo on Wednesday 12 November in the Press Gallery from 11.00a.m., and to witnesses and other media from 11.00a.m. to 12.00 noon only from the Committee Office, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA.  Witness copies not collected by 12.00 noon will be posted first class. 

If you would like a copy of the report, but did not submit written or oral evidence to the inquiry, then you may purchase it from The Stationery Office Ltd (tel: 08457 023474).  The text of the report will also be available on The Stationery Office=s website from approximately 15.00 on 13 November 2003  (

Press Notice   40/2002-03 7 November 2003

Eve Samson, Clerk