HC Deb 07 February 1939 vol 343 c742
54. Mr. Petherick

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will introduce legislation with the object of extending the application of full Board of Trade regulations to all foreign ships entering British ports.

Mr. Stanley

Generally, the provisions of the Merchant Shipping Acts and the regulations made thereunder already apply to foreign ships in ports in the United Kingdom, and I am not aware of the necessity for further legislation on the subject.

Lieut.-Commander Fletcher

Is it not the case that many foreign countries impose far lower standards in maritime matters than the right hon. Gentleman's own Department, and does not that amount to unfair competition?

Mr. Petherick

Is not my right hon. Friend aware that there have been many complaints on the part of British owners and seamen that the regulations are not comparable and are not strictly enforced?

Mr. Stanley

No, I am not aware of any complaint that the regulations are impossible, and I shall be glad if my hon. Friend will let me know of the specific provisions he has in mind.