HC Deb 02 June 1896 vol 41 c294

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade, whether, before a new code of fog signals at sea is promulgated, by means of an Order in Council or otherwise, it will be necessary to obtain the adhesion of the other maritime powers who are parties to the existing International regulations; and, whether Her Majesty's Government has taken steps to secure or have secured such International agreement?


My right hon. Friend is advised that any new regulations for the prevention of collisions at sea promulgated by Order in Council under Section 418 of the "Merchant Shipping Act 1894," would in the absence of International concurrence, apply only to British ships and to Foreign ships within British jurisdiction. He is considering, in conjunction with the Foreign Office, what further representations respecting the proposed revised fog signals should be made to Foreign powers, but he is not at present prepared to make any definite statement on the subject.