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Arsnic Trichloride Canisters

Volume 979: debated on Tuesday 26 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade whether he will now state that the canister of arsnic trichloride washed up on the South Coast beaches definitely did not come from the "Aeolian Sky";(2) whether the drums of arsnic trichloride washed up on the South Coast beaches came off the deck of the SS

The crude balance of trade (exports valued fob minus imports cif) is as follows:"Tozeur" bound from Rotterdam to Tunisia and, if so, what action he proposes to take.

My Department's examination of the hazardous cargo list and the general cargo manifest relating to the last voyage of the "Aeolian Sky" has produced no evidence of arsnic trichloride having been carried on that voyage. The manufacturers of those packages of this substance which have been washed up on South Coast beaches have identified several of them as having been shipped in Hamburg on board the Tunisian cargo vessel "Tozeur", bound for Tunisia. We are now seeking to establish the total number of canisters lost from this ship during her passage through the English Channel in late January.