Karl Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union on the effect on maritime cabotage policy of the UK leaving the EU.
Karl Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will provide an update on the ownership of the Malaviya Seven and the status of its crew since it was detained in Aberdeen Harbour by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency on 5 October 2016.
Karl Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that the supply of UK (a) officers and (b) ratings will meet the increases in demand for seafarers in the UK shipping industry over the next decade, forecast in the UK Seafarer Projections report commissioned by his Department.
Karl Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of the seafarer (a) officer and (b) rating jobs onboard tonnage tax qualifying vessels are held by UK-domiciled seafarers.
Karl Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of the seafarer (a) officer and (b) rating jobs in the merchant shipping industry are held by UK-domiciled seafarers.
Karl Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to update his Department's guidance on National Minimum Wage Enforcement for seafarers.
Karl Turner: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many employers in the (a) shipping and (b) offshore energy industries are liable to pay the Apprenticeship Levy; and for what reasons companies in those industries are not liable to pay the Levy.
Karl Turner: Can the Minister clarify that on leaving the EU we will remain members of the European Aviation Safety Agency, so as to maintain and grow our passenger capacity in accordance with our economic needs?
Karl Turner: But have we not already seen this Government’s shocking acceptance of departing from EASA safety standards by condoning the wet-leasing of Qatar Airways services to replace the poverty-paid British Airways mixed-fleet crews, in which the substitute crews’ hours will not be subject to the safety standards prescribed by EASA?
Karl Turner: I did not complain that the process was taking too long; I simply made the point that time in this House is incredibly important. An awful lot of things that were discussed during the proceedings on the Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill could have made this legislation, but time has been wasted. These matters took 45 minutes in Committee. That was my point.
Karl Turner: The Labour party supports the Bill, and we will vote in support of it. There are, however, some concerns about the impact of some parts of it, which we expressed when the clauses were first debated as part of the Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill and again throughout the passage of this Bill. We hope that the Minister has taken on board the points raised by Labour and echoed by the...
Karl Turner: The Minister makes a fair enough point, but with respect, it has been a terrible waste of time debating this matter in the Committee of the whole House when it was previously dealt with in 45 minutes in Committee upstairs. For the sake of appearances, VTAB has been broken up into its component parts and is now being given undue time for debate in this Chamber.
Karl Turner: The hon. Lady makes her point on behalf of her constituents, and she makes it well, but I do not think that it requires a response from me.
Karl Turner: If the right hon. Gentleman will allow me to continue, I will make the point in a moment that important issues were debated in VTAB that are not now going to be discussed or made into legislation. As a result of breaking up VTAB, measures that were previously included have been dropped, and measures that could have been included to improve this legislation through new clauses and amendments...
Karl Turner: New clause 1 seems eminently sensible. These consumer protection measures require an assessment, so we will support the new clause. Question put, That the clause be read a Second time. The House divided: Ayes 273, Noes 308.
Karl Turner: The Minister is a terribly generous chap, but his attempts to pacify the Opposition with his promise of a letter to ATIPAC simply are not enough. That does not cut the mustard, so we will push the amendment to a vote. Question put, That the amendment be made. The House divided: Ayes 271, Noes 305.
Karl Turner: We will press amendment 3 to a Division. We seek a commitment that the Minister gave in the Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill Committee—that the Government would conduct a thorough impact assessment and consultation before implementing the power. Clause 2 relates to the Air Travel Trust, which is the legal vehicle that holds the money that is then used to refund consumers under ATOL...
Karl Turner: Will the Minister give way?
Karl Turner: That is the precise reason we need a review.
Karl Turner: I beg to move amendment 2, in page 1, line 13, at end insert— “(4) The Government must publish a review within one year of this Act receiving Royal Assent on the impact on UK consumers using EU-based companies affected by changes to consumer protection introduced by this section.” This amendment requires the Government to review the impact of provisions...