§ Mr. Weetch
asked the Minister for Trade whether he will take steps to create a pilotage authority for the Haven ports.
§ Mr. Sproat
Under section 6(1)(a) of the Merchant Shipping Act 1979, it is the duty of the Pilotage Commissionto keep under consideration the organisation of pilotage services at ports in and waters off the coasts of the United Kingdom, to consider suggestions for changes in the organisation of those services which are made to the Commission by persons appearing to the Commission to be interested in the organisation of them and to make proposals for such changes in the organisation of those services as the Commission considers appropriate".I have drawn the Commission's attention to the hon. Member's question.