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Merchant Navy Reserve

Volume 124: debated on Thursday 17 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether Her Majesty's Government's plans for establishing a Merchant Navy reserve include the appointment of a director general to head the reserve; and if he will make a statement.

Powers to establish the Merchant Navy reserve are contained in the Merchant Shipping Bill at present in the other place. My noble Friend the Minister for Aviation and Shipping, outlined the main features of the reserve at Second Reading. Arrangements for its administration are under consideration.