HC Deb 09 February 1981 vol 998 cc241-2W
Mr. Prescott

asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will list the powers he has to hold foreign vessels if they are considered to be unseaworthy.

Mr. Eyre

Section 462 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1894 provides for the detention of a foreign ship at a port in the United Kingdom where the vessel is unsafe by reason of the defective condition of her hull, equipment or machinery or by reason of over-loading or improper loading or by reason of undermanning.