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Oil Pollution (Salvage Tugs)

Volume 961: debated on Wednesday 31 January 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he is satisfied that the United Kingdom has sufficient salvage tugs for the protection of the United Kingdom coastline in the event of further damage from major oil pollution.

The availability of salvage tugs has been considered by an expert group, and I would ask the hon. Member to await the publication of its findings in February. I am in touch with the United Towing Company with regard to its report on this question.