§ MR. LLOYD - GEORGE (Carnarvon, &c.)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that the Corporation of Pwllheli, in the year 1897, sought Parliamentary powers to enable them to regulate the number of passengers allowed to be carried by pleasure boats in their district; and that the Committee of the House of Lords struck out the clause containing such powers; and whether, if the Corporation promote a Bill containing a similar clause in the ensuing session of Parliament, the Board of Trade will support the measure.
§ MR. RITCHIE
There was a clause in the Bill introduced by the Corporation of Pwllheli in 1897, providing for licences 23 for pleasure boats which would possibly have enabled the Corporation to regulate the number of passengers to be carried by such boats in their district. It appears that this clause was struck out of the Bill while it was before the House of Commons, but I am not aware of the reasons. Having regard to the provisions of Section 172 of the Public Health Act, 1875, I am not of opinion that any legislative sanction is necessary to enable the Corporation to make bye-laws to regulate the number of passengers to be carried by pleasure boats.