HC Deb 21 November 1968 vol 773 c322W
Mr. McNamara

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a statement concerning the markings of inflatable liferafts following the recommendations of the court of inquiry on the loss of the Hull trawler, "St. Romanus".

Mr. William Rodgers

Inflatable liferafts carried by fishing boats, and various other ships, subject to the Merchant Shipping (Life-Saving Apliances) Rules, 1965, are required to bear a serial number and the manufacturer's name. Inflatable liferafts are in practice transferred between ships. While no acceptable system has yet been devised to identify them positively with a particular ship or port, my Department are renewing urgently efforts to find a satisfactory solution to this problem.