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Life Jackets And Buoyancy Aids (Committee)

Volume 721: debated on Thursday 25 November 1965

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asked the President of the Board of Trade on what date the working group set up by the Board of Trade to consider safety appliances for craft under 45 feet in length will be calling its first meeting, in view of the need for regulations concerning standards of performance of lifejackets and buoyancy aids which may be sold to the public.

While thanking my hon. Friend for that reply, may I ask him to see to it that immediate steps are taken, particularly in respect of the callous and irresponsible descriptions that are given for so-called lifejackets, because of the danger that is being caused by their use?

One of the main matters to be discussed by the committee will be the type and specification of the lifejacket to be recommended for use on board these small craft.