HC Deb 28 November 1980 vol 994 cc198-9W
Mr. Spearing

asked the Secretary of State for Trade what proposals he has received from the Corporation of Trinity House concerning changes in the regulations for pilotage in the Rivers Thames and Medway; and what estimate he has made of any consequent disadvantages these changes would have on the existing costs and arrangements for passenger and cargo transport within the respective port limits.

Mr. Tebbit

On 21 October, after discussions with my Department, Trinity House published draft byelaws for pilotage certificates and for exceptions from compulsory pilotage in the London pilotage district. Under the normal procedure anyone wishing to object to draft byelaws may do so within a stipulated period, in this case up to 19 November. I have received over 100 such objections in this case and I shall shortly be seeking the advice of the Pilotage Commission on any amendments it thinks should be made in consequence. It would be wrong for me to reach a judgment on the merits of the byelaws until I have that advice.

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