§ Mr. Pounder
asked the President of the Board of Trade what progress has been made in the improvement of the design of lifejackets for use in merchant ships and fishing vessels; and how many new designs will be forthcoming by the time the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea comes into force on 26th May, 1965.32W
§ Mr. Mason
The Board of Trade have developed a new design of lifejacket to meet the requirements of the Convention. This will be the standard lifejacket which may be produced by all manufacturers, to whom detailed specifications are being sent. In addition, the Board are prepared to approve other lifejackets which satisfactorily meet the Convention requirements. Up to now three designs submitted by particular manufacturers have been approved.