§ Mr. McNamara
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT the manning scales for United Kingdom fishing vessels of over 140 feet and the comparative manning scales, so far as they are available to him from international organisations, for similar vessels of the Federal Republic of Germany, Poland, Norway, Japan, the Netherlands and France.
§ Mr. J. P. W. Mallalieu:
There is no statutory manning scale for United Kingdom fishing vessels nor is there any comprehensive information immediately available about manning scales in other countries. However, fishing vessels of 25 tons and over must carry a skipper and second hand certificated by the Board of 487W Trade and any vessel may be detained if it is considered unsafe to proceed to sea by reason of undermanning.