HC Deb 30 June 1971 vol 820 c146W
Mr. Carter-Jones

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department in order to avoid accidents involving spillage of highly inflammable and noxious substances on waterways and ship canals, which can lead to major catastrophes in heavily built-up areas, if he will introduce legislation providing for 24-hour supervision where possible dangers exist and to increase the penalties; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Sharples

In the case of installations to which the Petroleum (Consolidation) Act, 1928, applies, local authorities can already require, as a condition of licence, whatever arrangements for supervision they consider necessary. My right hon. Friend does not at present see a need to increase the penalties for which the Act provides.