HC Deb 15 May 1968 vol 764 c248W
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.