HC Deb 12 July 1976 vol 915 cc49-50W
33. Mr. David Price

asked the Secretary of State for Trade if, before introducing his new Merchant Shipping Bill, he will publish a discussion document laying out the specific matters to be covered by his new Bill.

Mr. Clinton Davis

Preparations for redrafting a new Bill are at an advanced stage and there has been full consultation with interested parties. I do not want to risk delay by the publication of a discussion document and I would refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to my hon. Friends the Members for Southampton, Test (Mr. Gould) and Kingston upon Hull, East (Mr. Prescott) on 7th June last.