Bernard Jenkin – 2016 Parliamentary Question to the Department for Transport

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Bernard Jenkin on 2016-03-24.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he plans to take in response to the rejection by the European Parliament of the competitive market exemption condition agreed by the Council of Ministers in 2014 as part of the Council’s General Approach to the Ports Regulation to ensure that the UK ports industry is fully protected from the effects of that regulation.

Mr Robert Goodwill

The European Parliament did not replicate the competitive market exemption (CME) provisions in the Council’s General Approach but negotiations on the EU port services Regulation are ongoing. I am committed to defending the UK’s ports and ensuring during the negotiations that the efficiency and competitiveness of our successful ports sector are safeguarded.