HC Deb 19 November 1969 vol 791 cc309-10W
49. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will now give details of the latest provisions for the safety of life at sea including those in the Holland-Martin Committee, and his plans for the safety of workers at sea and on land in the trawling industry.

Mr. Mason

I am proposing to take powers in the Merchant Shipping Bill to implement recommendations in the Holland-Martin Committee's report on hours of work at sea, certification of trawler officers and accident reporting. In the Trawler Safety Bill mentioned in the Queen's Speech I propose to take powers to implement other recommendations concerned mainly with the construction and equipment of trawlers. Details of how these powers would be used and of how effect will be given to other recommendations in the report must await the conclusion of consultations now in progress both with and within the industry.