HC Deb 13 February 1967 vol 741 cc25-6W
103. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the President of the Board of Trade what methods of preventing oil from polluting Britain's beaches he has discussed with the Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organisation and the Warren Spring Laboratory in London called for the purpose of planning the separation of oil discharged by ships from sea water; and, as a result, how he plans to prevent pollution and cleanse British sea beaches.

Mr. J. P. W. Mallalieu

The Intergovernmental Maritime Consultative Organisation has recently discussed the "load on top" system already used by many tankers and the development of improved equipment for ships to separate oil from water and to measure the oil content of ships' discharges. Widespread adoption of the "load on top" system and the development of such equipment will help to reduce pollution from ships. The Board of Trade and the Warren Spring Laboratory of the Ministry of Technology are playing a full part in this tributed amongst universities and research establishments.

Mr. Goronwy Roberts

Exculding capital expenditure, the Medical Research council's expenditure in recent years specifically on cancer research is estimated as follows:

work. Methods of cleaning beaches are being studied by a Working Group set up by the local authorities' associations and the Institute of Petroleum.