HC Deb 12 March 1931 vol 249 cc1373-4
60. Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

asked the Minister of Health whether he can make any further statement about the prevention of the dumping of town refuse by certain municipalities, or contractors acting for them, in the open country, especially in certain districts around London; and how many local authorities now dispose of refuse by incinerating?


I have pressed the metropolitan authorities to discontinue insanitary dumps, and action has been taken or is contemplated by a number of them. Some authorities in the neighbourhood of London have made bylaws under which precautions can be enforced to prevent any nuisance from refuse tips. Returns for the year 1928–29 from 216 of the larger urban authorities show that 138–19 being in London—incinerated part or the whole of their refuse.


Is the right hon. Gentleman taking any steps to deal with what cannot be dealt with under any by-law—the colossal dumps that are left?


That is one of the matters which are now under discussion.


Have the Government any powers to prevent damping of other kinds?

Lieut.-Colonel FREMANTLE

Is this matter being dealt with, as was promised by the Parliamentary Secretary, in the proposed Town Planning Bill?


The hon. and gallant Member must wait for the Bill.