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Chlorine (Carriage)

Volume 885: debated on Monday 27 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade what estimate he has made of the quantity of chlorine carried by sea to British ports; and whether he is satisfied that all necessary precautions are taken to prevent its escape through collision or other causes.

I am aware of only one vessel carrying chlorine in bulk to and from British ports. Its capacity is 210 tons and it plies between British ports once and sometimes twice a week. Everything practicable is being done to prevent accidents. In addition, about 4,000 tons of chlorine is carried into and out of our ports annually in cylinders and must be handled in accordance with my Depart ments' statutory requirements for the carriage of dangerous goods.