§ MR. O. V. MORGAN (Battersea)
asked the Secretary to the Board of Trade, Whether, as the Merchant Shipping Act (1854) Amendment (No. 2) Bill has been abandoned for this Session, he will now consent to the renewal of the pilots' certificates which were suspended pending the decision of Parliament on the Bill in question?
§ THE SECRETARY (Baron HENRY DE WORMS) (Liverpool, East Toxteth)
As the questions affecting pilots and pilotage are to be considered by a Select Committee next Session, it has boon decided, pending the decision of such Committee, to re-issue such pilotage certificates as have been temporarily suspended, but not to issue any fresh ones.
§ MR. PULESTON (Devonport)
asked, whether the Board of Trade had taken into consideration a recent decision of the Law Courts on this subject?
§ BARON HENRY DE WORMS
said, the decision of the Law Courts was that the Board of Trade had power in the matter; but they preferred waiting for the Report of the Select Committee before they took any action.