§ Mr. Barry Jones
To ask the Secretary of state for Wales what representations he has received concerning the welfare of dolphins in the Irish sea and specifically Cardigan bay; and if he will make a statement.
§ Sir Wyn Roberts
Forty-eight representations have been received since November 1991 from a number of sources including members of this House, members of the public and conservation bodies. Forty-four were in relation to the issuing of a licence by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to Hamilton Oil to undertake exploratory drilling in Cardigan bay; the other four were in relation to the seismic survey that was carried out in the hay in September of this year by the British Geological Survey.