HC Deb 06 December 1978 vol 959 c688W
Sir Timothy Kitson

asked the Secretary of State for Transport, in the light of the fact that a cylinder of liquid chlorine was lost recently in the North Riding/Durham area and it was a week before it was discovered, if he is satisfied with the present arrangements for the transportation of such highly toxic material; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Horam:

I understand that the cylinder in question fell from a lorry but suffered only a slight dent; none of its contents escaped. The security of loads carried by road transport is covered by the Construction and Use Regulations. In practice, satisfactory arrangements are normally made for other aspects of the transport of chlorine, including the design and construction of cylinders. But these matters are not specifically covered by regulations, and I regard that as unsatisfactory.

I am most concerned that the transport by road of all dangerous goods should be strictly controlled, and comprehensive regulations to this end are being prepared by the Health and Safety Executive.

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