§ Mr. Knox Cunningham
asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation (1) if he will state the number of ships found upon inspection in British ports to have been overloaded during each of the past four years;
(2) if he will state the number of convictions for overloading a ship which have been recorded and the number of occasions upon which the maximum fine has been imposed, respectively, during each of the past four years in the United Kingdom.
§ Mr. Watkinson
The following table shows the number of ships found overloaded in United Kingdom ports during each of the last four years together with the number of convictions and the number of occasions on which the maximum fine has been imposed:
12 month period ending September Number of ships over-loaded Number of Convictions Number of cases where maximum fine imposed 1953 54 14 1 1954 46 13 3 1955 31 12 2 1956 42 19 7 TOTALS 173 58 13