§ Mr. Colvin
asked the Secretary of State for Transport what response he has received on his Green Paper on the reform of the pilotage services; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Ridley
Over 300 organisations and individuals have commented on the Green Paper. The proposal to transfer pilotage responsibilities to the harbour authorities has been welcomed by most of the parties interested in pilotage, although many pilots have expressed reservations or opposition. The Select Committee on Transport, in its report on pilotage issued in August, have also endorsed the broad thrust of the Green Paper. I intend now to seek an opportunity to introduce legislation as soon as the Parliamentary programme permits, and will make a further statement, once I have completed consideration of all the comments that have been made.