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Pollution (International Waters)

Volume 891: debated on Monday 28 April 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proposals exist for a programme to combat chemical and oil pollution in international waters.

The question is under consideration at the current session of the Law of the Sea Conference in Geneva, at which the United Kingdom, together with other States, has co-sponsored certain proposals. Her Majesty's Government have signed 14 conventions and agreements, of both regional and world-wide application, concerning the pollution of the sea by oil, effluent and chemical wastes. The possible improvement and extension of these measures is under continuous study. I hope that a meeting will be held in London this autumn to consider a further convention on civil liability for oil pollution and damage resulting from the exploration and exploitation of submarine mineral resources.