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Shipwreck (" Richard Montgomery ")

Volume 938: debated on Monday 7 November 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade when the last survey of the munition ship "Richard Montgomery" took place ; whether this included underwater examination and an assessment of the state of the cargo ; and what arrangements exist to keep the safety situation under review.

Hydrographic surveys of the wreck and the sea bed around it are carried out at approximately three-monthly intervals. An underwater survey was carried out in July 1972. I am very conscious of the need to keep the condition of this wreck under review and am considering a fresh underwater survey for 1978.