HC Deb 01 February 1967 vol 740 cc509-10
46. Mr.. Geoffrey Wilson

asked the President of the Board of Trade what administrative or legislative steps he is proposing to take to strengthen safety precautions in relation to sea-going pleasure boats consequent upon the evidence disclosed in the "Darlwyne" Inquiry.

Mr. J. P. W. Mallalieu

The court of formal investigation into the loss of the "Darlwyne" has yet to announce its findings. Any recommendations in the court's report will be carefully considered. In the meantime I have already drawn the attention of the public, the police, local authorities and others to the requirements of the Merchant Shipping Acts and have sought their co-operation in enforcing them.

Mr. Wilson

Will not the hon. Member agree that the evidence disclosed at the "Darlwyne" Inquiry was most disturbing and that it is necessary to have much more rigorous measures to enforce safety provisions for pleasure craft going to sea?

Mr. Mallalieu

I agree with the hon. Member about enforcement. This is the purpose of the circular that I have sent out to the authorities.

Dr. John Dunwoody

Would my hon. Friend agree that reputable pleasure boat owners will welcome the tightening up of the regulations? Will he look into the question of introducing a safety symbol guaranteeing the safety of a particular boat, especially for holidaymakers?

Mr. Mallalieu

Yes, I will consider that.