HC Deb 05 December 1977 vol 940 c487W
37. Mr. Willey

asked the Secretary of State for Trade what is the policy of Her Majesty's Government on segregated tanks for tankers and generally on tanker safety and pollution.

Mr. Clinton Davis

The Government favour internaional action on such matters. Segregated ballast tanks on new large oil tankers are already provided for in the 1973 International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, and an international conference in February will be considering further requirements. However, conversion of existing tankers would be costly, and alternative solutions are also being discussed with other countries.

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