HC Deb 13 February 1990 vol 167 c184W
Mr. Alton

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will ask for the radioactive and chemical pollution of the Irish sea to be placed on the agenda of the forthcoming North sea Environment Ministers conference; what other issues will be discussed; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Trippier

[holding answer 12 February 1990]: Given the geographical scope of the North sea conference, it would not be appropriate for matters concerning pollution in the Irish sea to be included at the third North sea conference in March.

The main purpose of the third North sea conference is to look at progress on the implementation of important measures agreed at the second conference in London in 1987. The conference will also review all the major activities which have an impact on the marine environment, including discharges of dangerous substances via rivers and the atmosphere, nutrients, dumping, shipping and offshore installations.

The measures agreed at the North sea conferences are applied to all our seas, including the Irish sea.