§ Mr. Grimond
asked the Secretary of State for Trade what consultations take place with which organisations before oil is released at sea for the purpose of experiments in dealing with oil slicks.
§ Mr. Clinton Davis
In giving an exemption under Section 23 of the Prevention of Oil Pollution Act 1971 I require the recipient to consult appropriate organisations including fishery and conservancy interests. Such consultations took place before the trials on pollution clearance equipment currently being held in the North Sea.