HC Deb 08 May 1972 vol 836 cc895-6
21. Mr. Laurance Reed

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he will make the new separation schemes in the Channel mandatory for British ships.

Mr. Noble

I expect the necessary Statutory Instrument to be made this month to come into operation in the late summer.

Mr. Reed

Does my right hon. Friend contemplate any further measures of control in Channel waters to help avoid collisions and to provide a safe seaway?

Mr. Noble

A firm of consultants is investigating the technical feasibility of introducing a Channel navigation service. We expect to receive its report in June. But that is as much as I can say about definite plans now.

Mr. Mason

Will the right hon. Gentleman also consider extending the pilotage area and defining more clearly what are dangerous cargoes, especially now that there are the super-tankers and other hazardous vessels, and then introducing compulsory pilotage on those vessels?

Mr. Noble

These are different questions, but I am very much aware of them, and in due course I hope to be able to help with what the right hon. Gentleman asks.

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