§ Mr. Laurance Reed
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has for dispersing wrecks which endanger shipping in the North Sea.
§ Mr. Anthony Grant
The Department does not possess wreck removal powers. Under the Merchant Shipping Act, 1894, when port authorities do not have such power Trinity House and the Northern Lighthouse Board have powers to remove wrecks which are a danger to navigation in the North Sea and are within their areas of jurisdiction.