§ Mr. Dalyell
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what action he is taking to offer naval facilities to the Natural Environment Research Council to combat coastal pollution.
§ Dr. David Owen
We are undertaking a study into the effects of natural factors on the movement, dispersal and destruction of oil at sea, and are organising and co-ordinating our research programme on this subject with those of other organisations. These are the major oil companies, Ministry of Technology (Warren Spring Laboratory), Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food (Fisheries Laboratory), and the Marine Research Establishments of the Natural Environment Research Council including the National Institute of Oceanography and the Marine Biological Association, Plymouth. All these bodies have access to the research results generated by this study and to our available research facilities.