HC Deb 20 May 1936 vol 312 c1198

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is aware of the complaints regarding the deposit of refuse from the Lochhead Pit, Fife-shire, into a passing stream causing what is regarded as a menace to public health in the neighbourhood of East Wemyss; and whether steps can be taken to abate the nuisance?

The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for SCOTLAND (Lieut.-Colonel Colville)

I am informed that no refuse is deposited in the Den Burn from Lochhead Pit, but that pit water is discharged into the burn. The county medical officer of health is satisfied that no danger to health is involved, and as water in the condition in which it is raised from the mine is exempt from the operation of the Rivers Pollution Prevention Acts my right hon. Friend is unable to intervene. I am informed that flooding from the stream has recently occurred at East Wemyss and this matter is at present under the local authority's consideration.