HC Deb 13 July 1897 vol 51 c22

I beg to ask the Lord Advocate whether he is aware that the River Nethy, which for many years has formed the water supply of the village of Causer, in the Badenoch district of Inverness-shire, has become polluted owing to certain inhabitants who reside above the village having allowed sewage to discharge into the river; and that, although the local authorities are empowered under Section 8 of The Rivers Pollution Act 1876, to compel the offenders to desist from discharging their sewage into the river, these authorities decline to act; and, having regard to the fact that in consequence of this inaction the public health continues to be imperilled, will he state what steps the Government propose to take in the matter?


The position of this matter has already been fully explained to the hon. Member, both by answers by me in tins House and more recently by the Scottish Office in correspondence. The Government cannot give any undertaking to intervene in the matter.