HC Deb 21 June 1995 vol 262 c314W
Mr. Barry Field

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many ships masters have reported a birth aboard their vessel to a marine superintendent during the last 10 years. [29593]

Mr. Norris

This is an operational matter for the Marine Safety Agency. I have asked the chief executive to write to my hon. Friend.

Letter from R. M. Bradley to Mr. Barry Field, dated 21 June 1995: The Secretary of State for Transport has asked me to reply to your question about reports of births on ships. During the last ten years masters of ships have reported to Department of Transport marine superintendents that there have been twelve births at sea. All births were on UK registered ships. No reports were received of births of UK citizens on non-UK registered ships.