Rosyth-Zeebrugge Ferry Service

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:45 pm on 28th January 2002.

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Photo of Lord Burnham Lord Burnham Conservative 2:45 pm, 28th January 2002

My Lords, I thank the noble Lord for that reply. I am sure the fact that the ferry is operating out of the Chancellor of the Exchequer's constituency has nothing to do with the matter. Nevertheless, this is a payment to a ferry company which is in competition with P&O in particular but also with the Danish ferry company DFDS. P&O has just paid £200 million for two new North Sea ferries. Where is the fairness in acting in this way towards one company and in another way towards P&O?