§ 27. Mr. MACLEAN
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has considered an alteration of the pilotage laws, in view of the increase in the number of foreign vessels which are trading in British coastal waters and navigable rivers without the services of British pilots, for the purpose of providing for the compulsory employment of such pilots?
§ Mr. E. BROWN
Representations have been made from time to time for the introduction of general compulsory pilotage, but on the information at present before him, my right hon. Friend cannot undertake to introduce legislation modifying the provisions of the Pilotage Act, 1913, under which each case for the extension of compulsory pilotage can be decided on its merits after full consideration of the views of all the interests concerned.
§ Mr. MACLEAN
Is the President of the Board of Trade not considering with interest the difficulties that have arisen since the passing of the Act of 1913?
§ Mr. MAXTON
Now that the Secretary for Mines has taken charge of the Board of Trade, will he personally investigate the matter?