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Green in talks for walkway funding

HEALTH & SAFETY minister Angela Eagle is to be lobbied by former ICE president David Green next Monday in an effort to secure funding for a code on ship to shore walkway design.

Demands for an extension to the existing maritime code followed the fatal Ramsgate walkway collapse of September 1994.

Green, as ICE president, first requested a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott last summer to discuss funding the work. After seven months' delay a response came from Eagle's office and a meeting arranged (NCE 1/8 January).

ICE Director General Roger Dobson and Donald Evans, a member of the British Standards Institution drafting committee on maritime codes, will join Green. However, it is unclear whether the meeting, already postponed once, will produce a commitment from Eagle to provide the £50,000 to £100,000 needed to work up a draft.

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