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Pilotage Commission

Volume 975: debated on Wednesday 5 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade what are the qualifications and experience of each of the members of the Pilotage Commission that he has appointed; and whether any of them has particular knowledge of small ports.

The qualifications and experience of each of the members of the Pilotage Commission are as follows:

Dr. Denis Rebbeck, CBE, MA, MSc, DL, FICE etc. Special consultant to the Swan Hunter Group Limited, director of the Royal Bank of Scotland, chairman of the Iron Trades Employers Insurance Association Limited, a member of the General Committee of Lloyd's Register of Shipping, a Belfast Harbour commissioner and a Warden of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights. His previous appointments include chairman and managing director of Harland and Wolff Limited, president of the Shipbuilding Employers Federation, chairman of John Kelly Limited, coal importers and ship owners of Belfast, and chairman of the Advisory Committee on Pilotage.
Mr. G. W. Brimyard, formerly Port Services Director, Mersey Docks and Harbour Company, chairman of the Mersey Pilotage Committee, and a member of the Advisory Committee on Pilotage.
Mr. G. S. C. Clarabut, DSO, DSC, shipowner involved in the coasting and short sea trades. Appointments include chairman and managing director of London and Rochester Trading Co. Limited (Crescent Shipping) and chairman of Bowker and King Limited.
Mr. K. Cooper, chief executive of the Medway Port Authority.
Mr. J. P. Davidson, deputy chairman of the British Ports Association and deputy chairman and managing director of the Clyde Port Authority. Formerly member of the Clyde Pilotage Authority.
Captain A. F. Dickson, formerly a director of Shell International Marine Limited and Shell Marine (UK) Limited, and chairman of the pilotage policy committee of the General Council of British Shipping and the London General Shipowners' Society.
Mr. B. I. Evans, licensed pilot, Milford Pilotage District. A vice-president of the United Kingdom Pilots' Association.
Mr. H. Frith, licensed pilot, Manchester pilotage district. Formerly, secretary of the marine pilotage branch of the TGWU, and a member of the steering and advisory committees on pilotage.
Captain P. F. Mason, Elder Brother, Trinity House, with special responsibility for pilotage. Chairman of pilotage committees for London and Ipswich pilotage districts. Formerly member of Advisory Committee on Pilotage.
Mr. N. C. Walker, licensed pilot, London pilotage district, based at Harwich. Member of the United Kingdom Pilots' Association Executive since 1976.
Most of the members have some knowledge of small ports as a result of their previous experience. In particular, Mr. Clara but has experience as a shipowner trading with many small ports including The Wash ports; in addition, the 40 pilotage districts with which Captain Mason has been concerned at Trinity House include many small ports.