Mr. R. C. Mitchell
asked the President of the Board of Trade when he proposes to introduce legislation to amend the Merchant Shipping Act, 1894; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. J. P. W. Mallalieu
Following the submission of the Report of the Court of Inquiry under Lord Pearson's chairmanship I have discussed the recommendations for revision of the relevant parts of the Merchant Shipping Acts with all sections of the shipping industry and also with the fishing industry. A large measure of agreement has been reached and my Department has made good progress in preparations for legislation which will be introduced as soon as possible.