§ Mr. Wingfield Digby
asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware that the British freighter "Ambassador" carried insufficient rafts for her crew; and whether he will amend the regulations to make a more generous provision of rafts compulsory, to meet cases where some or all of the ships' boats are unusable.
§ Mr. Marples
The "Ambassador" carried two rafts for 10 persons each and lifeboats with a total capacity of 124 persons. The crew were 35 in number. The provision of rafts and lifeboats complied with the scales recommended by my Department for ships of this class, and exceeded the scales proposed in the 1960 Safety Convention, which will be made compulsory when the Convention comes into force.