HC Deb 20 November 1986 vol 105 c260W
Mr. Cohen

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what measures he has to ascertain the scale of pollution in the North sea; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Waldegrave

The condition of the North sea is kept under regular surveillance by the Oslo and Paris commissions, of which the United Kingdom is an active member. Scientists from the relevant Government Departments responsible for monitoring United Kingdom North sea waters contribute to the assessments undertaken by the commissions. In addition, my Department is coordinating the scientific preparations for the forthcoming international North sea conference.