§ Mr. Ovenden
asked the Secretary of State for Trade whether he will introduce legislation on pilotage.
§ Mr. Clinton Davis
Pressure on the parliamentary timetable makes it impossible to introduce legislation on pilotage in the present Session. I am however, very conscious of the concern felt by most of the pilotage interests that the implementation of the recommendations of the Report of the Steering Committee on Pilotage should not be further delayed. Accordingly, the Secretary of State has appointed an Advisory Committee on pilotage with the following terms of referenceTo advise the Secretary of State for Trade regarding changes in all aspects of pilotage arrangements in the United Kingdom which can and should be made in advance of new 257W legislation; in particular, to progress the reorganisation of local pilotage authorities on the general lines endorsed in the Government's policy statement of December 1975; and to work for early agreement on the content of future pilotage legislation.
The Advisory Commitee will be chaired by Dr. Denis Rebbeck, C.B.E., and the other members of the Committee will be:
- Mr. Frank Berry, Humber pilot.
- Mr. George W. Brimyard, Port Services Director, Mersey Docks and Harbour Company.
- Mr. Geoffrey Clayton, Chairman, Gloucester Pilotage Authority.
- Mr. Fred A. Everard, C.B.E., Chairman, F. T. Everard & Sons Ltd.
- Mr. Harry Frith, Manchester pilot.
- Mr. George C. Howison, Clyde pilot.
- Mr. George A. B. King, Managing Director, BP Tankers Ltd.
- Capt. Peter A. Leighton, Director of Marine Services, Port of London Authority.
- Mr. Daniel I. McMillan, River Thames pilot.
- Capt. Peter Mason, Elder Brother, Trinity House, London.
- Mr. David M. Robinson, C.B.E., Director, Stag Line Ltd.
- Mr. John B. Williams, Port Director, Cardiff, British Transport Docks Board.
The Secretary of the Committee will be Mr. Stuart Hampson of the Department of Trade and other officials of the Department will attend meetings as necessary.