§ 13. Mr. Laurance Reed
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the procedure for notifying river authorities of any pollution hazard that may arise from a road accident involving tanker vehicles.
§ The Under-Secretary of State for the Environment (Mr. Eldon Griffiths)
I am sending my hon. Friend copies of my Department's circular about procedure on oil spills and of Home Office guidance to fire brigades about other dangerous substances. I understand that the Chemical Industries Association's TREMCARDS advise drivers of road tankers carrying dangerous chemicals to notify the police of any spillages and that they in turn inform river authorities.
§ Mr. Reed
I thank my hon. Friend, but I have already seen his circular. In cases of this kind should there not be a statutory obligation to notify river authorities of a spillage, comparable to the obligation, under the Pipelines Act. 1962, on operators of pipelines?
§ Mr. Griffiths
I do not think that it is always necessary to have statutory obligations. What matters is whether the job is done, and I am satisfied that in the vast majority of instances it is done conscientiously.
§ Mr. Dalyell
Are there any readily available figures for the number of times the police have not been notified?