§ MAJOR RASCH (Essex, S.E.)
I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether, before any scheme for the disposal of London sewage is adopted, a Government Inquiry would be held, at which the inhabitants of South-East Essex would have the opportunity of expressing their views, and giving evidence?
§ THE PRESIDENT OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD (Mr. RITCHIE, Tower Hamlets, St. George's)
I am informed that the London County Council have no definite scheme for the disposal of London sewage under their consideration; but they have instructed the Main Drainage Committee to secure the services of an eminent civil engineer to join the engineer of the Council in a thorough examination of the whole sewage system of the Metropolis. As no definite scheme is at present before the County Council I am not in a position to say what opportunity can be afforded to the inhabitants of South-East Essex of expressing their views and giving evidence.
§ MAJOR RASCH
If the London County Council have the disposal of the sewage and decide upon getting rid of it at Candy Island, will the Local Government Board be in a position to protect the inhabitants of Southend from a nuisance?
§ MR. RITCHIE
It would not necessarily come before the Local Government Board. It is proposed, I believe, to make some alteration in the existing arrangements in reference to the London County Council finance, and if these proposals are assented to by Parliament the present position might be affected.