§ 84. Mr. Hector Hughes
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will make a statement on the new international convention for preventing oil pollution of the sea, indicating the nations who have accepted it, the date of its implementation, and how it affects the cleanliness of British beaches and sea birds.
§ Mr. George Thomson
Lists of the Governments involved are as set out144W below. Amendments to the 1954 Convention will come into force for all Contracting Governments, except those which have declared that they do not accept the Amendments, on 18th May, 1967. The North Sea will become a prohibited zone for the discharge of oil by all Convention ships and the already extensive prohibited zone in the East Atlantic will be increased. This should help to reduce the oil pollution round our coasts.
- (1) Governments party to the 1954 Convention: Algeria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Federal Republic of Germany, Finland, France, Ghana, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Liberia, Madagascar, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Republic, United Kingdom, United States of America, Venezuela.
- (2) Governments which have definitely accepted the 1962 Amendments: Belgium. Canada, Denmark, Federal Republic of Germany, Finland, France, Ghana, Iceland, Ireland, Jordan, Kuwait, Liberia, Madagascar, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Republic, United Kingdom.