§ Mr. David Martin
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will now announce the appointed day under the Pilotage Act 1987.
§ Mr. David Mitchell
My right hon. Friend will announce the appointed day as soon as possible; it seems certain to be in the second half of this year. In setting a date it is necessary to take account of progress made with the preparation of schemes for the winding-up of the existing pilotage authorities, as well as to the need to avoid delay to the implementation of the Act.