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Oil Pollution

Volume 928: debated on Friday 25 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many incidents of oil pollution affecting coastal waters have been observed by, or reported to, officers of his Department in each of the nine months from July 1976 to February 1977, inclusive; and what has been the cost to the Exchequer in each month undertaking any remedial measures to deal with such pollution.

In the six months from July 1976, English local authorities reported 19 minor incidents of oil pollu- tion on or near the coast. Monthly figures are shown in the table below. Reports for January and February this year are not yet complete. There was no cost to the Exchequer in remedial measures associated with these incidents. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade maintains records of oil sighted at sea.

MonthNo. of reported incidents of oil pollution
July 19769
August 19764
September 19763
October 19761
November 1976Nil
December 19762