§ Sir W. de FRECE
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to a speed-boat mishap off Canvey Island whereby one man lost his life; whether he is aware that there is no supervision over these boats unless carrying a large number of passengers; and whether he will consider the desirability of inspecting all these craft in view of their speed to see that the safety of those on board is assured so far as practicable?
§ Mr. W. GRAHAM
Local authorities, and, in some instances, harbour authorities, have powers under various Acts to regulate pleasure boats, which would include boats of the type mentioned. It is for these authorities to exercise their powers, where they consider it desirable and in many parts of the country this is being done.