HC Deb 07 July 1913 vol 55 cc19-20
38. Mr. FELL

asked the President of the Board of Trade if any steps have been taken to make regulations to compel all barges and lighters employed on the Thames to carry at least one lifebelt ready for use in case of any of the lighter-men falling overboard, and if the Port of London Authority has been communicated with on the subject?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of TRADE (Mr. Buxton)

I have been in communication with the Port of London Authority, who are the authority concerned. They inform me that they are aware of no statutory provision requiring these barges and lighters to carry lifebelts. They do not regard it as practicable to make regulations relating to removable fittings on such craft seeing that they would be constantly exposed to un-authorised removal.


Can nothing be done to save the lives of these men?


Perhaps the hon. Member will communicate with me, and I shall be glad to make further representations. I have no power in the matter myself.