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Next step for Cornwall MP's Marine Bill

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 01, 2012

Sheryll Murray

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Proposals to streamline regulations at ports and harbours around Britain have cleared the Commons.

Tory MP for South East Cornwall Sheryl Murray introduced the Marine Navigation (No 2) Bill to MPs earlier this year.

The Bill introduces measures to reduce burdens on ports and the shipping industry and improve safety for vessels in harbours and seas around the Westcountry and the UK.

It includes provisions governing pilotage, the management of harbours and the powers and duties applicable to harbour authorities, port constables and the General Lighthouse Authorities.

Ms Murray yesterday thanked MPs for allowing her private members bill to make progress. The proposal includes a number of other measures to update regulations and help make ports around the UK more able to balance their rights and obligations against their workload.

Ms Murray's proposals are supported by the Government and were endorsed yesterday by Transport Minister Stephen Hammond. Peers must review the plans before they become law.

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  • olddogbreath  |  December 02 2012, 5:59PM

    I really don't get it with this woman. There are issues such as high SWW water charges, fuel tax going up in January and other issues that affect South west residents and she picks these things. Support the bill by all means but get your name behind other issues as well, don't just ignore them and go and spend your expenses in the boozy Commons bar. Have a go at Cameron and Co and fight for the south-west.

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  • nickthompson  |  December 02 2012, 6:39AM

    She would be well advised that her next step would be to start looking for a new job.

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