§ Mr. Ovenden
asked the Secretary of State for Trade what advice he has been given by the Advisory Committee on Pilotage, which he appointed in January of this year.
§ Mr. Clinton Davis
The Advisory Committee on Pilotage has now submitted a report on the content of future pilotage legislation. Copies have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses and are being sent to the national organisations concerned with pilotage and to all pilotage districts. The report deals comprehensively with the issues which have been debated since publication of the Report of the Steering Committee on Pilotage (SCOP) and I am pleased to note that the committees have been able to reach an agreed report. I shall now consider this advice carefully with a view to preparing the pilotage legislation which we hope to include in a Merchant Shipping Bill for the next Session.