17 Financial assistance for training.E+W+S+N.I.
In section 56 of the 1995 Act (financial assistance for training), after subsection (3) there is inserted—
“(4)In providing assistance in accordance with this section the Secretary of State shall have regard to the maintenance and development of the United Kingdom’s merchant fleet and marine related business and for that purpose shall—
(a)keep under review all aspects of that fleet and business; and
(b)seek the advice of those who appear to him to have experience of that fleet or business.
(5)In this section, “marine related business” means any trade, business or other activity concerned with the manufacture of, or the provision of goods and services for, or the operation or use of, ships and includes maritime educational establishments, marine classification societies, marine equipment suppliers, marine surveyors, marine and naval architects, marine insurance companies, protection and indemnity clubs, providers of maritime financial or legal services, the operators of ports and harbours and shipbrokers.”