HC Deb 25 October 1982 vol 29 cc265-6W
Mr. Parry

asked the Minister for Trade if he will make a statement on the representations he received concerning the EEC Commission's proposed regulation on exclusive purchasing agreements.

Dr. Vaughan:

I have had representations from over 160 individuals and organisations. They dealt with many aspects of the proposed regulation and reflected differing accordance with normal international custom and practice. Under section 1(d)and section 69(1) of the Merchant Shipping Act 1894 it would be unlawful for a vessel owned by the Commissioners of Irish Lights to fly the British flag, since the commissioners are a corporate body whose principal place of business is outside Her Majesty's dominions. However, the commissioners fly their own corporate ensign, thus marking the extent of their responsibilities.

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