G20 Summit - Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 4:14 pm on 7th September 2016.

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Photo of Lord West of Spithead Lord West of Spithead Labour 4:14 pm, 7th September 2016

My Lords, the noble Baroness the Leader of the House rightly said how important it is that we trade around the world, and she will know that 95% of that trade is carried by merchant shipping. Sadly, and for surprising reasons, the Conservative Party has never been very supportive of our merchant fleet. We have just completed the Maritime Growth Study. Will the Government implement its recommendations, which will help reinforce the strength of our merchant fleet with all the benefits that will have, particularly for global trade?