§ 38. Mr. Leadbitter
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will specify arrangements made by his Department to deal with oil slicks within the territorial waters of the United Kingdom; what financial support is given to local authorities which deal with the problem; how research into the matter has progressed; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Noble
The Department is equipped to deal with serious spillages within territorial waters and beyond, using hired vessels and its own equipment, and has done so successfully several times. The Department of the Environment makes grants of 50 per cent. towards approved expenditure by local authorities on dealing with oil pollution. Research into new methods continues. I will, with permission, circulate a fuller statement in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
§ Mr. Leadbitter
Will the Minister take into account that the expenditure of local authorities in dealing with oil slicks has increased rapidly in the last four years, and will he further take into account that there has been plenty of industrial indiscipline in this matter, and take steps to deal with oil waste?
§ Following is the statement: