HC Deb 20 February 1880 vol 250 c1099

asked the President of the Board of Trade, Whether he will undertake to defer putting into operation the regulations affecting the lights to be carried by fishing vessels at sea until the reports of the officers deputed to visit the various ports, in order to ascertain whether the regulations already proposed by the Board without any such inquiry are feasible or safe, are laid upon the Table of the House?


in reply, said, the regulations respecting these lights were laid down by a Commission appointed by the Admiralty, the Trinity House, and the Board of Trade, acting in concert with the representatives of maritime States. International regulations could not be altered by the action of the Board of Trade alone. A small Commission had been appointed to consider the complaints which had been made. That Commission's Report he had received, and he would give to it his best consideration. The Report was now on the Table of the House. The international regulations would not come into force until the month of September.