§ Mr. John Mackay
asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will state his policy on large oil tankers sailing up and down the west coast of Scotland.
§ Mr. Tebbit
Following discussions with the General Council of British Shipping, the Scottish Office and the Scottish local authorities concerned, my Department has undertaken to develop for approval by the Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organisation a traffic separation scheme for the Minches. We shall also be considering whether it would be practicable to put forward a recommendation that large laden tankers should stay to the west of the Hebrides.