HC Deb 31 May 1921 vol 142 c849W

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty if he is aware that thousands of fish and birds are being killed in Southampton Water by the discharge of oil from boats' oil-tanks in the above water; that in other British waters such is the case; and will he prevent the use of American or other oil in home waters?


There are no Admiralty-owned oil-burning ships in Southampton Water except a few small vessels that are laid up awaiting sale. As regards the second part of the question, the Admiralty are fully alive to the objections to the discharge of oil fuel from His Majesty's ships, and have issued stringent regulations on the subject from time to time. The answer to the last part of the question, so far as the Royal Navy is concerned, is in the negative.