HC Deb 14 June 1978 vol 951 cc549-50W
63. Mr. Nicholas Winterton

asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he has any plans to bring forward legislation to make the owners of oil tankers liable for the cost of damage caused by oil spillage at sea within British waters.

Mr. Clinton Davis

Such legislation already exists. Under the Merchant Shipping (Oil Pollution) Act 1971 shipowners are made strictly liable, within

expenditure of pensioner households from 1967 to 1976 is available from the family expenditure survey, and this is given in the table below:

monetary limits specified by international agreement, for oil pollution damage caused to the United Kingdom and its territorial sea by ships carrying bulk oil cargoes.

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