HC Deb 08 February 1956 vol 548 cc1644-5
2. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if the new radar apparatus for guiding small vessels into harbour when visibility is bad, which was recently tested at Fraserburgh and Arbroath, is yet in commercial production and on the market for purchase; and if he will give details of the places where, and price at which, it can be purchased.

The Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation (Mr. Harold Watkinson)

I understand that a firm of radio manufacturers is undertaking commercial production of this apparatus and will soon be publishing the information for which the hon. and learned Member asks.

Mr. Hughes

In view of the value of the life-saving potentialities of this new invention, but its great cost to small ships, will the Minister devise some means whereby there may be grants or loans provided for its purchase?

Mr. Watkinson

I will consider that suggestion, but my present understanding is that the expensive part of the apparatus is that which is installed on shore— the transmitting part—and that the part which is fitted in the ship or trawler is relatively inexpensive. However, I will certainly have another look at the matter.