§ Mr. Wigley
asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make funds available to maritime district councils along the Cambrian coast to compensate them for exceptional expenditure incurred as a result of recent oil spillage in the Irish Sea.
§ Mr. John Stradling Thomas
Compensation for all reasonable oil pollution clean-up costs related to a spillage at sea by an identified tanker is available through international regimes. Affected local authorities should submit claims to the insurers as promptly as possible. The question of Government funds to meet exceptional expenditure does not therefore arise.