Portsmouth Harbour (Flag Signals)

Oral Answers to Questions — Shipping – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd April 1958.

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Dr. Bennett:

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation whether, in the interests of safe navigation, he will cause to be displayed more prominently than at present the flag signals which indicate movements of shipping out of Portsmouth commercial basin into Portsmouth Harbour.

Photo of Mr Airey Neave Mr Airey Neave , Abingdon

The display of these signals is a matter for the Portsmouth Corporation in consultation with the Admiralty. I am bringing my hon. Friend's suggestion to the notice of these authorities.

Dr. Bennett:

Is my hon. Friend aware that the signals as hoisted at present are all but invisible to even an experienced shipmaster entering from outside the harbour, and that any ships entering on flood tide are quite unable to stop if they find a commercial vessel coming out round that particular corner? Will my hon. Friend consider either the repeating of such signals on the Round Tower, Sally Port or on Pickfords Wharf, or a different but appropriate signal being hoisted on Fort Blockhouse, which is visible from a long way off?

Photo of Mr Airey Neave Mr Airey Neave , Abingdon

While my right hon. Friend has no power to direct the Corporation to display these flags more prominently, I will bring to its notice the suggestion my hon. Friend has made.