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Drifting Boats (Rescue)

Volume 440: debated on Thursday 24 July 1947

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asked the Minister of Transport what steps he is taking, in view of the decision in the case of Holman v. Graff, given by Mr. Commissioner Patrick Devlin, K.C., in June, 1947, since this decision may discourage the rescue of all boats drifting at sea.

In the case to which my hon. Friend refers the court held that the dinghy in question was not adrift and was not in peril. My right hon. Friend does not consider that the court's decision will have the effect which my hon. Friend fears.