HC Deb 13 March 1958 vol 584 c603
38. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies under what authority Mr. R. Robertson, the port superintendent at Pepel, Sierra Leone, issued a written direction dated 18th January, 1958, governing the loading and unloading of ships in the port and governing the covering and uncovering of hatches of ships in port while under the command of their captains as masters.

Mr. Profumo

This notice was issued in accordance with the charter agreement to which the shipping line concerned is a party.

Mr. Hughes

But are the regulations drafted and administered in such a way as not to impair, or tend to impair, in any way the authority of a master in his own ship?

Mr. Profumo

I do not think this is a matter which should be dealt with by the Government.

Mr. Tilney

Would not my hon. Friend agree that all normal masters welcome the advice given by Mr. Robertson?

Mr. Profumo

Yes, I entirely agree.

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