HC Deb 25 May 1905 vol 146 c1375

To ask the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that the estuary of the Thames is being polluted by the discharge of crude sewage from forts and barracks at Tilbury and Gravesend; and whether, if the War Office is unable to proceed with the works necessary for the purification of the sewage during the current financial year owing to funds not being available for the purpose, he will take steps, by a Supplementary Estimate or otherwise, to remove this difficulty, and in the interest of the public health have the works carried out without further delay.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Arnoldforster.) Schemes have been prepared for the septic treatment of sewage from the War Department barracks and forts at Gravesend and Tilbury, and part of the work at Gravesend has already been done.