HC Deb 26 March 1996 vol 274 c549W
Ms Walley

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to designate areas of risk to the marine environment; and what protection these areas will receive. [20908]

Mr. Norris

The Government are considering recommendation 59 of Lord Donaldson's report, "Safer Ships, Cleaner Seas", that marine environmental high risk areas should be established. We are supporting the work of the EC in establishing criteria for environmentally sensitive areas; any such designations need to be agreed internationally if they are to be effective. In addition, we are conducting surveys of maritime traffic to monitor the effectiveness of current routing arrangements. Surveys to date indicate that those arrangements are working; we will be consulting on the results.

Mrs. Dunwoody

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the recommendations of the Donaldson report together with the date that the recommendations were implemented. [21877]

Mr. Norris

Lord Donaldson's report, "Safer Ships, Cleaner Seas", CM 2560, contains 103 recommendations, which are listed in chapter 23. The position on each recommendation is summarised in my reply to the hon. Member for Pembroke (Mr. Ainger) on 14 March 1996,Official Report, column 722. Where recommendations have been implemented in full, this was often phased over several months, so a precise implementation date cannot be given.

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