HC Deb 19 May 1981 vol 5 cc50-1W
Mr. Clinton Davis

asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will publish in the Official Report a resumé of the number of prosecutions for offences in connection with pollution at sea, the names of the defendants, the charges brought, the courts in which such cases were tried and the results of such prosecutions over the last two years.

Mr. Eyre

Details of prosecutions brought by the Department in 1979 and 1980 under section 1 of the Prevention of Oil Pollution Act 1971 are as follows:

Equivalent details of prosecutions brought by harbour authorities, which comprise the majority of prosecutions brought under the 1971 Act, are not available. However, statistics relating to prosecutions by those authorities are given in the reports on the exercise and performance of the Secretary of State's functions under the Act during 1978 and 1979, copies of which are in the Library. The report for 1980 is not yet available.