HL Deb 12 February 1979 vol 398 cc1089-90WA

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What are their forecasts for the future movements of hazardous cargoes through the Dover Strait, including the number of tankers and carriers, of what size, destined for what ports, flying what flag, and carrying what cargoes (specifying LNG/LPG, nuclear cargoes, chemicals, etc).


Current statistical information on traffic movements through the Dover Strait is based upon an Anglo-

Disbursements Rural development The main category of projects providing employment
Country Technical Co-operation £000 Financial aid £000 Total £000 %
Indonesia 2,953 2,692 (CDC:257) 5,646 12 land utilisation, railways and roads, water supply,
Malaysia 1,423 8,676 (CDC:8499) 10,099 54 agriculture, hydro-electrics
Philippines 145 20 165
Singapore 338 338
Thailand 632 741 (CDC:741) 1,373 36 rubber replanting

The percentages given above almost certainly understate the amount of aid devoted to rural development, because a substantial part of bilateral aid which cannot be allocated to particular sectors includes elements benefiting rural populations.

French survey carried out in June 1977. This shows: (i) a daily traffic flow of 19 oil tankers, 6 gas carriers and 2 chemical carriers bound for ports in N.W. Europe; (ii) a daily movement in the order of 1.5m. tons of oil and 100,000 tons of other hazardous cargoes.

Detailed information on destinations and nationality is not available at the present time. Further information on traffic movements, based on the current trials of the ship movement reporting system in the English Channel, will be available later this year.