HC Deb 23 February 1978 vol 944 c759W
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.

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