§ 73. Sir CYRIL COBB
asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that parts of the outer circle of the London area are being made dumping grounds for the refuse of the various borough councils situated within the adminstrative area of the county; and whether, in view of the consequent danger to health in connection with the new housing estates which are developing there, he will say if his Department is taking any action to check this practice and enforce on the borough councils some other and better method of disposing of their refuse?
I am aware that complaints have been made as to the nuisance created by the establishment of refuse tips in the outer parts of the London area. Last July my Department issued a circular to local authorities on this subject, specifying a number of precautions to be taken, and I am assured that since that date a considerable improvement has taken place. Owing to the high capital cost of alternative methods, I do not consider it practicable to enforce them upon borough councils by legislation, but in my opinion it is highly desirable that where possible modern methods of dealing with town refuse should be adopted.