HC Deb 22 June 1971 vol 819 c262W
Mr. Crawshaw

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will investigate the circumstances in which 600,000 gallons of naphtha escaped from a storage tank at St. Michaels in the Hamlet, Toxteth, on the night of 12th June, thereby endangering life and property over a large area;

(2) if he will introduce legislation to ensure that all storage tanks containing naphtha and other inflammable liquids are fitted with audible alarm systems when tank capacity is reached.

Mr. Maudling

I am awaiting full reports on this incident.

It is already possible for local authorities to require the installation of appropriate warning systems as a condition of licence for the storage of inflammable liquids under the Petroleum (Consolidation) Act, 1928. I shall be considering the issue of guidance on this and other matters in the light of the reports which I receive.