§ Mr. Hector Hughes
asked the Minister of Power if he will make a statement on the loss and damage to the Shell oil rig "Staflo" which, under licence from him, was recently wrecked by gales in the North Sea, indicating how many men on it were lost and injured, and what provision he made for them and their families.
§ Mr. Benn
I am happy to say that in the event the "Staflo" was neither lost, wrecked, nor damaged in the recent gales in the North Sea. In the face of a forecast of a severe storm the majority of the crew were taken ashore to the base at Aberdeen on 28th September as a routine precautionary measure. There was no loss of life or injury to personnel. The men were returned to the "Staflo" on 30th September when the storm abated and normal working was then resumed.