HC Deb 27 April 1926 vol 194 c1825
12. Mr. T. KENNEDY

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that the steamship "Portvale" left Falmouth on the 15th March for Rotterdam without a wireless operator on board, contrary to the provisions of the Merchant Shipping (Wireless Telegraphy) Act, 1919; whether the Board of Trade granted an exemption to this vessel; if so, on what grounds; and, if not, does he propose to take disciplinary action against the responsible official?


I have ascertained that the s.s. "Portvale" called for orders at Falmouth on 15th March and proceeded on her voyage (which was from Rosario to Rotterdam) without engaging a wireless operator. No exemption had been granted. The vessel did not require clearance, and the last part of the question, therefore, does not arise.


Is any action being taken by the Board of Trade in view of the contravention of the law?


I think the hon. Member is under a misapprehension as to this case. The vessel sailed from Rosario, and only put into Falmouth temporarily for orders. There was no question of getting a clearance there, and therefore I could not act.