HC Deb 23 February 1968 vol 759 c213W
Mr. Hazell

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is satisfied with the precautions being taken to avoid danger to shipping in the North Sea consequent upon escaping gas from the uncovered well; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. J. P. W. Mallalieu

Yes. Navigational warnings have been broadcast regularly since 17th February and will continue so long as any danger exists. Two lighted buoys which were already in the vicinity of the well-head are still in position and the company concerned has a patrol boat in the area to warn shipping. In addition, the gas has now been ignited and this will provide a further warning to shipping.