HC Deb 22 February 1980 vol 979 cc365-6W
Mr. Stephen Ross

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether, in the light of his refusal to reimburse local authorities the cost of dealing with the pollution of their coastlines, he will make arrangements to advance loans at low interest to each authority concerned, until reimbursement is received from the shipowner or his insurer.

Mr. Fox

No. Local authorities should include their financing costs in their claim against the polluter.