HC Deb 17 May 1933 vol 278 cc367-8W

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, whether he is aware that the pollution of the sea by waste oil discharged from steamers caused not only to the waters of estuaries and tidal harbours, but also outside the three-mile limit, and the consequent injury to bird life and to inshore fisheries, and to the general amenities of the foreshore, has within recent years increased; and whether, in view of the serious nature of this damage, he will consider the desirability of bringing the matter before the League of Nations at its next Assembly, with a view to the finding and carrying into effect a remedy for it?


I am informed by the Board of Trade that the information in their possession does not show that pollution is increasing. I am, however, considering, in consultation with the other Government Departments concerned, whether the step suggested by my hon. Friend in the latter part of his question could usefully be taken.