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Shipping (Safety)

Volume 928: debated on Monday 21 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade what plans he has for further legislation regarding safety at sea.

A short Bill to permit early ratification of the Safety of Life at Sea Convention 1974 has been introduced into the House of Lords. A longer Merchant Shipping Bill covering such matters as discipline on board ship, safety standards, pilotage, limitation of damages paid to seafarers and carriage of passengers is in course of preparation and consideration is being given to introducing it in the next Session.

asked the Secretary of State for Trade when he now expects to introduce a new Merchant Shipping Bill.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull today.