HC Deb 15 March 1938 vol 333 c180
1. Mr. Logan

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that the great majority of Fleetwood steam trawlers are over 25 years old; that the Board of Trade recommendation, that every ship before leaving dock should carry a special life-line, has only been carried out by six of Fleetwood's 150 trawlers; and that for three successive years the port of Fleetwood has lost a trawler with all hands; and whether, in view of these facts, he will arrange for an inspector or surveyor to be stationed permanently at Fleetwood?

The President of the Board of Trade (Mr. Oliver Stanley)

I understand that 64 of the 169 trawlers at Fleetwood are over 25 years old, and that a large number of the vessels at this port are fitted with life-lines. Arrangements were made recently for increased attention to be paid to the trawlers at Fleetwood by the Board of Trade survey staff, and I shall keep the matter under review.

Mr. Logan

Will the right hon. Gentleman see that there is a proper survey made, because I have it on undoubted authority that the defects are very great and require immediate attention?

Mr. Stanley

As my answer shows, we are paying increased attention to trawlers at Fleetwood, and if the hon. Member has any particular case in mind I hope he will bring it to my notice.