§ 18. Sir F. Medlicott
asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if he will give consideration to the provision of air patrols around the British coast to detect ships which pump out their bilges too near the shore.
§ The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation (Mr. Airey Neave)
In the course of their normal flying duties Service aircraft already keep a look-out for discharges of oil at sea. The expense of providing special air patrols for this purpose would not be justified.
§ Sir F. Medlicott
Is the Minister aware that one of the difficulties of the present situation is that of detection and that the presence of even one or two spotting aircraft would have a psychological effect in greater proportion than the cost involved?