§ Mr. Costain
asked the Minister of Transport in view of the anxiety felt for the preservation of bird life and the maintenance of clean beaches if he will make a statement on the policy of Her Majesty's Government at the Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organisation Conference for the total prohibition of the discharge of waste oil into the sea.
§ Vice-Admiral Hughes Hallett
Her Majesty's Government's policy at the conference was to support and pursue the objective of total avoidance of the discharge of persistent oils into the sea, and to seek amendments to the existing 1954 Oil Pollution Convention so as to make it more effective and encourage its acceptance by more maritime countries. The conference made good progress towards these objectives.