§ Mrs. Thatcher
The Natural Environment Research Council has given grants to Portsmouth Polytechnic for a preliminary study of the distribution of Sargassum Muticum and, through the Nature Conservancy, for continued work on eradication. The council is at present considering a further proposal from Portsmouth Polytechnic for a more extensive study of this seaweed and the factors leading to its establishment around the British coastline. Any interference with fishing, shipping and coastal amenities is a matter for my right hon. Friends the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the Secretaries of State for Trade and Industry and the Environment.