HL Deb 16 December 1999 vol 608 cc50-1WA
Lord Hardy of Wath

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will announce the transfer of responsiblity for the confirmation of coastal by-laws. [HL450]

Lord Bassam of Brighton

My right honourable friend the Prime Minister has agreed that, with effect from 1 January 2000, responsibility for the confirmation of by-laws under Section 76 of the Public Health Act 1961 (in respect of seaside pleasure boats) and under Section 185 of the Local Government, Planning and Land Act 1980 (in respect of pleasure boats and vessels let for hire to the public) will be transferred to my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Mr Prescott).

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency will deal with applications from local authorities for confirmation of these by-laws in England. A Home Office circular giving further details is being issued to local authorities.