HC Deb 14 November 1939 vol 353 cc505-6
6. Mr. David Adams

asked the Minister of Shipping whether it is his intention to revise merchant shipping legislation with a view to removing obsolescences?

Sir J. Gilmour

Power is contained in the Merchant Shipping Acts to issue regulations and instructions and to amend these from time to time; and by this means modern conditions are in general satisfactorily provided for.

Mr. Adams

The Minister will be aware that there are many aspects of the Merchant Shipping Acts which are quite obsolete and ought to be removed.

Sir J. Gilmour

I cannot think that this is the time to deal with them, but I am perfectly ready to consider any points that may arise.

Mr. Kirkwood

Will the right hon. Gentleman keep in constant contact with the trade unions concerned in this matter?

Sir J. Gilmour

Yes, Sir, certainly.