HC Deb 01 November 1995 vol 265 cc307-8W
Mr. Hinchliffe

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many oil slicks have been reported in seas around the British Isles, annually, for the last five years. [40405]

Mr. Norris

This is an operational matter for the Coastguard agency. I have asked the chief executive to write to the hon. Member.

Letter from C. J. Harris to Mr. David Hinchliffe, dated 1 November 1995:

The Secretary of State for Transport has asked me to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question as the question deals with an operational matter, for which I have responsibility as Chief Executive.

The number of reports of oil pollution in the seas and around the shores of the UK, as compiled by the Advisory Committee on Pollution of the Sea (ACOPS), is as follows:

Year Total reports
1990 791
1991 705
1992 611
1993 676
1994 540
Total 3,323