§ 40. Mr. Callaghan
asked the Minister of Transport what steps have now to be taken by Her Majesty's Government to ratify the Final Act of the International Conference for the Prevention of Pollution of the Sea by Oil, 1962.
§ Vice-Admiral Hughes Hallett
Some amendment of the existing legislation will be necessary. The decisions made by the International Conference are at present being reviewed with this in mind.
asked the Minister of Transport what was the reason for the layer of petroleum covering the approaches to Portsmouth at 7.30 p.m. on Wednesday, 13th June, which appeared to be flowing down-wind round Gilkicker Point and settling on Southsea beach; and what action has been taken against the offenders.
§ Mr. Marples
Neither my local officers nor the Queen's Harbour Master at Portsmouth have any knowledge of this pollution. If my hon. Friend would send me details of the incident, I will arrange for further inquiries to be made.