§ Captain BARING
asked whether the hon. Gentleman's attention has been drawn to the pollution of the Darenth and other streams by the washings from tarred roads; and whether any inquiry has been made into the matter by his Department?
§ Sir E. STRACHEY
Complaints have from time to time been made to the Board of the death of fish in the Darenth attributed to various possible causes, but not specifically to washings from tarred roads. The attention of the Board has, however, been called to newspaper reports of cases, both in the Darenth and elsewhere, in which injury to fish by washings from tarred roads has been alleged. In the case of the Darenth the Board have been in communication with gentlemen locally interested, and have suggested that certain steps should be taken to ascertain the cause of the death of the fish in that river.