§ Mr. Ernest G. Perry
asked the Secretary of State for Trade what was achieved by the Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organisation Tanker Safety and Pollution Prevention Conference which concluded last week.
§ Mr. Clinton Davis
The protocols adopted by the conference contain provisions which should lead to a marked improvement in the safety of life at sea and the protection of the marine environment. The provisions, which command a wide measure of international support, are capable of being implemented within a relatively short timescale, and every effort will be made to bring the protocols into force internationally as soon as possible.
I am arranging for an unofficial summary of the new requirements to be placed in the Library.