HC Deb 15 March 1967 vol 743 cc480-1

40. Mr. Wall asked the President of the Board of Trade what regulations he is proposing to introduce for the licensing of pleasure boats plying for hire and for privately-owned boats and yachts.

The Minister of State, Board of Trade (Mr. J. P. W. Mallalieu)

None. All pleasure craft carrying over 12 passengers require a Board of Trade certificate and those plying for hire with lesser numbers can be most effectively controlled under local licensing powers. I do not consider that comprehensive regulations for licensing small craft used privately for pleasure would be justified at present.

Mr. Wall

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that that Answer will give great pleasure to the yachting fraternity which often goes to sea to get away from bureaucracy on the land?

Mr. McNamara

Can my hon. Friend say what extra measures he has taken to ensure that the regulations at present in force are enforced by regular inspection?

Mr. Mallalieu

We have already called the attention of the local authorities to their powers and we propose to bring forward legislation which will increase the penalties for infringement.

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