§ Mr. Foulkes
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what information he received in respect of explosions on the sea bed in and around Beaufort's dyke in the North channel during 1995; when he received this information; what action he is taking as a result; and if he will make a statement; 532W
(2) if he will list the explosions on the sea bed in and around Beaufort's dyke in the North channel notified to his Department for each year form 1979 to 1994, indicating the assumed cause of such explosions. 
§ Mr. Soames
My Department has only recently received information about probable explosions dating back to 1982 from the British Geological Survey. There are many possible explanations for the readings recorded by the British Geological Survey, but the information provided is incomplete, and accordingly it is not yet possible to make a full analysis of the data.