HC Deb 31 July 1963 vol 682 c70W
43. Mr. Awbery

asked the Minister of Transport when the Merchant Shipping Act was last reviewed; and if he will make another review to bring it into line with modern shipping requirements and to ensure higher standards for seamen.

Mr. Marples

The Merchant Shipping Act, 1894, deals with many different matters. They are kept regularly under review and the Act is revised as necessary. Indeed there have been 42 amending Acts, the last of which was passed in 1960. The question of further amendment is under review, and I am always willing to consider proposals from the shipping industry.