§ Mr. Ainger
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what regular monitoring her Department carries out of background levels of hydrocarbons in United Kingdom coastal waters.
§ Mr. Jack
This Ministry's Directorate of Fisheries Research has monitored hydrocarbon concentrations in United Kingdom coastal waters since the 1970s. The results are published regularly in the directorate's aquatic environment monitoring report series. The latest relevant reports, numbered 26 and 30, are available in the Library.217W