HC Deb 15 March 1976 vol 907 cc372-3W
Mr. Nelson

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what was the amount spent by local authorities and harbour authorities over the latest 12-month period for which figures are available on dealing with oil pollution on beaches.

Mr. Denis Howell

English local authorities reported a gross expenditure in the financial year 1973–74 of about £58,000 on clearing oil from inshore waters and from beaches. After payment of claims from tanker owners and grant from my Department the net cost was about £27,000 Local authorities spent a further £30,000—£15,000 net—on purchasing equipment in readiness for dealing with pollution.

Figures are not available for expenditure by harbour authorities and could not be obtained without disproportionate cost.