§ Mr. Arbuthnot
asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, confining the answer to cases where one of the ships involved was 5,000 tons gross or over, how many accidents in fog have taken place in the last two years in the English Channel and North Sea; how this figure compares with that for the two years immediately preceding the war; in how many of these accidents one of the ships involved carried radar; in how many cases excessive speed was suspected; how many British ships were involved; and how many masters' certificates were dealt with.21W
§ Mr. Watkinson
For the two years ended 31st May, 1956, 16 such collisions were reported, in which 19 British ships were involved. In 11 of the 16 radar was carried in one ship or both ships. Excessive speed may have been a factor in two cases. No master's certificate was dealt with. These figures do not include collisions in which only foreign ships were involved. I regret that comparable figures are not available for the years before the war.