HC Deb 16 September 1886 vol 309 c598
MR. H. S. WRIGHT (Nottingham, S.)

asked the President of the Local Government Board, Whether his attention has been directed to the pollution of the river Thames by the increasing practice of persons living in "houseboats," moored in the river at various places along its whole navigable course above Teddington Lock, during the Summer months?

THE PEESIDENT (Mr. RITCHIE) (Tower Hamlets, St. George's)

The Conservators of the River Thames, under the Thames Preservation Act of last year, are empowered to make regulations for the prevention of the pollution of the river by the sewage of any house-boat or steam launch. They have prepared a bye-law which will render liable to a penalty any person who pollutes the river by casting into it any offensive matter. This bye-law, with others, is now awaiting the approval of Her Majesty in Council.