HC Deb 18 June 1973 vol 858 cc62-3W
21. Mr. Ifor Davies

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what plans have been prepared to protect the 26 bays surrounding the Gower coast from the possible effects of oil pollution resulting from the proposed Celtic Sea oil exploration and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Peter Thomas

Plans for dealing with oil pollution around the Welsh coasts are the responsibility of the Department of Trade and Industry, who deal with oil at sea, and of the local authorities, who deal with oil on the beaches and up to a mile offshore. The Glamorgan County Council plan ensures special treatment for the Gower coast, in consultation with the Nature Conservancy. Mutual assistance arrangements exist with Swansea County Borough Council, which is responsible for part of Gower.

Mr. Elystan Morgan

asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish a White Paper on the possible effects upon the Welsh economy of oil exploration and exploration in the Celtic Sea.

Mr. Peter Thomas

No. This is already the subject of several reports and regular discussion.