§ Mr. Whitaker
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will take steps to refuse entry to British waters to all oil tankers which do not operate the load-on-top system, in order to increase the safeguards against coastal pollution.
§ Mr. William Rodgers
The load-on-top system is operated by more than three-quarters of the world's tankers, and we should be glad to see it universally adopted. But as it is not the only way of avoiding pollution I do not consider that we should be justified in seeking to refuse entry to British waters to oil tankers which do not use it.