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Trawlers (Voyage Recorders)

Volume 885: debated on Thursday 6 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade if, following the loss of the trawlers "Morena" and "Gaul", he will invite the submission of proposals to him for the development by British industry of a "black box" type of voyage recorded for use in trawlers; and if he will make a statement.

On the basis of evidence currently available, I am not satisfied that the fitting, of costly data-recording equipment of the kind used in aircraft would significantly contribute to the safety of life at sea. However, the research and development project on alerting and locating devices which I announced in the House on 13th January 1975 includes consideration of this aspect.—[Vol. 884, c. 25–6.]