Transport Committee Press Notice


UK Ports Industry

The Transport Committee has decided to launch an inquiry into the UK ports industry.

Trade accounts for nearly 30% of the UK's GDP. Ports are vital for the sustainability and growth of that trade. Approximately 74,000 people are directly employed on port activities.

Two years ago the Government promised, in its White Paper The Future of Transport, to undertake a ports policy review. The review document was finally published in May 2006. The aim of this review is to produce a framework for the ports industry to 2030.

With this in mind, the Committee has decided to take evidence on the issues raised in the consultation paper and to revisit some issues of particular concern that were highlighted in our predecessor Committee's 2003 report on ports.

The Committee will wish to look at the following issues:

€ Ownership of ports in the United Kingdom

€ Is the general policy framework, as set out in The Future of Transport, adequate for port operations in the 21st century?

€ Is the Department's demand forecasting realistic?

€ Will the UK have the capacity to meet this projected demand?

€ What is the impact of ports on regional development strategies?

€ Do smaller ports have an independent future? When should the Department intervene?

€ Is surface access to ports adequate? What is best practice?

€ How can ports reduce their environmental impact? Should there be a duty on all UK ports to be carbon-neutral?

€ Are safety measures adequate?

€ Are the UK's 74,000 ports workers adequately protected and working in good conditions?

Interested parties are invited to submit written memoranda to the Committee before Thursday 19 October 2006.

Memoranda should be a maximum of 6 A4 pages in length.

Please submit a single hard copy of your memorandum by post to the above address, and an electronic version preferably by e-mail to or alternatively on a disk with the hard copy. If you are unable to submit an electronic version of your memorandum, please take particular care to ensure that your submission is legible. All submissions should be final and complete; the Committee does not accept draft memoranda or subsequent amendments. Memoranda submitted to the Committee should be kept confidential until published by the Committee.

Press Notice 58/2005-06 6 July 2006,

Dr John Patterson, Clerk of the Committee