HC Deb 17 July 2000 vol 354 c48W
Mr. Sayeed

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what his policy is on the use of(a) pleasure craft and (b) other craft by anyone under the age of 16 years, in Fishguard Harbour. [130077]

Mr. Hill

The Government believe that pleasure craft should be used safely and are acting to improve safety on three fronts: the launch of a voluntary code of practice earlier this year, a continuing and enhanced coastguard education programme; and a Review of the Coastal Byelaws. The code of practice specified that for users of personal water craft (jet skis), persons between the ages of 12 to 16 should be directly supervised by an adult; persons under 12 should not be allowed to use them.

Regulation of the use of such craft in Fishguard Harbour by way of byelaws is a matter for the local harbour authority. Revised byelaws are currently being considered by the Secretary of State and a decision will be made in due course.

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