§ Mr. Graham Page
asked the Secretary of State for Trade whether he proposes to replace the Oil Pollution (Compulsory Insurance) (Amendment No. 4) Regulations 1976 by further amending regulations more lucidly embodying his intentions as expressed by his departmental officials in evidence before the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments (H.C. 54-x1vi) on 26th October 1976.
§ Mr. Clinton Davis
I propose to replace the Oil Pollution (Compulsory Insurance) Regulations 1975 and all the amending instruments, including the Oil Pollution (Compulsory Insurance) (Amendment No. 4) Regulations 1976, by new regulations which will consolidate the existing regulations with amendments. I intend these new regulations to come into operation on 24th February 1977. This operational date will allow account to be taken of the accession of Portugal to the International Convention on Civil 517W Liability for Oil Pollution Damage 1969, which becomes effective on that date.