§ Mr. A. Lewis
asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware that Captain William Meyer, captain of the aircraft carrier "Essex", recently deliberately unloaded oil and waste into the sea off Jutland; and, as this will pollute the sea and is liable to damage the shores of Great Britain, what action he proposes to take to protest to the United States Government and to ask that this should not happen in the future.
§ Mr. Marples
I have not received any report of such an incident. In any event if a warship of one country discharged oil into the sea near the coast of another country it would be for the Government of the latter country to make any appropriate representations. For these reasons Her Majesty's Government do not intend to take the action suggested by the hon. Member.