§ Mr. Redmond
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list for each of the last four years, and for the current year to-date(a) the location and (b) the Richter scale measurement of earth tremors that have occurred; and what structural damage was reported.
§ Mr. Stewart
The British Geological Survey has located 1,478 earthquakes in the United Kingdom and its offshore area in the period January 1990 to mid-February 1994. For seven of these earthquakes, reports have been received of minor damage to properties—none of these has occurred in Scotland. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment has placed the relevant BGS reports covering the information requested in the Library of the House.