HC Deb 04 March 1926 vol 192 c1639W

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that certain small foreign trading vessels using the Port of London are not conforming with Section 4 of the Aliens Restriction (Amendment) Act, 1919, dealing with the holding of pilotage certificates, and that in consequence the cost of the upkeep of Trinity House pilot cutters falls to a larger extent on British ship-owners; and whether he proposes to take any steps to enforce a more strict observance of the existing law by such foreign vessels?


No aliens hold pilotage certificates in any Trinity House pilotage district, in contravention of Section 4 of the Aliens Restriction (Amendment) Act, 1919. I understand, however, that a limited number of foreign ships liable to compulsory pilotage have recently entered the London district without a pilot, through not having received an offer of pilotage services, but the loss of revenue involved, up to the present, has been comparatively small.