HC Deb 17 November 1927 vol 210 cc1107-8
39. Mr. LOOKER

asked the Minister of Health whether he has now received the Report on refuse dumps; and, if not, what is the reason for the delay?


I have not yet received the Report, but it is now in preparation. The investigation covers the whole question of the collection and disposal of London refuse, a very big subject on which it has been essential to obtain full information if the Report is to be of the desired value.


May I ask my right hon. Friend if it be not the case that this Report has been in preparation for nearly two years and that there is only one officer in his Department who is attending to it and who knows anything about it, and will he take steps to expedite it and set up a Departmental Committee to inquire into it?


I do not admit that there is only one officer who knows anything about it in my Department, and in these days of economy I do not think it necessary to set up a new staff.