§ 76. Mr. Prescott
asked the Minister of State for Defence whether he will instruct the Royal Navy to board the Liberian tanker "Panther", which is aground on the Goodwin Sands, and take action to prevent this ship from polluting United Kingdom waters and coasts.
§ Mr. Kirk
No, the "Panther" was refloated from the Goodwin Sands on Sunday evening, 4th April, 1971. She is today off Flushing. Measures against oil pollution at sea caused by tankers are the responsibility of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry. The Ministry of Defence112W and the Services will give assistance whenever possible as they did in this emergency.