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North Sea Dumping

Volume 170: debated on Thursday 19 April 1990

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47.

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what representations he has received from North sea fishermen about the dumping of industrial waste; and if he will make a statement.

We have received representations from fishermen's organisations and individuals concerned about the dumping of industrial waste in the North sea. I am able to reassure them that licensed dumping is strictly controlled and has no adverse effects on fish stocks.In view of progress in the development of safe alternative land-based disposal methods I have recently announced termination dates for the sea dumping of industrial waste and sewage sludge, and marine incineration.

54.

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what research his Department is pursuing into ways of reducing North sea dumping of industrial and other wastes.

In the light of progress in the development of environmentally acceptable methods of disposal of waste on land we have now set deadlines for the termination of the sea dumping of industrial waste and sewage sludge, and marine incineration.