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Liquefied Natural Gas Tankers (Safety Measures)

Volume 982: debated on Monday 31 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what studies are being undertaken by the Health and Safety Executive as regards the safety of liquefied natural gas tankers discharging at British ports; whether steps are being taken to ensure that no liquefied natural gas tanker of the kind recently found to have developed design faults is allowed to discharge at any British port or to be brought to Canvey Island for testing; and what instructions have been issued to ensure that no risks are taken by allowing such vessels into British coastal waters.

I am consulting my colleagues in the Departments of Transport and Trade who have an interest in the matter and I shall write to my hon. Friend as soon as possible.