§ Mr. Prescott
asked the Secretary of State for Trade what action he is to take in regard to the formal investigation into the sinking of the MV "Hero".
§ Mr. Tebbit
The report of the court of formal investigation into the loss of the MV "Hero" contained four recommendations. One of these, concerning the marking of life raft canopies, is already being implemented with the co-operation of life raft manufacturers. The two concerned with boat drills and the carriage of life rafts are the subject of current consultation with the industry. The feasibility of issuing positive instructions on the safe boarding of life rafts is under consideration within my Department.