§ 42. Mr. E. J. Williams
asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware of the serious condition of pollution and flooding of the Ogmore River, Glamorganshire; and what steps he proposes to take to financially help the appropriate authority to abate a nuisance which menaces the health of the inhabitants of Bridgend and district?
§ Mr. W. S. Morrison
I am aware that there has been sewage pollution of the Llyafi, one of the main tributaries of the River Ogmore, for some time, of which the chief source is said to be the sewage disposal works of the Maesteg Urban District Council. I understand that the urban council have applied to the Commissioner for the Special Areas for a grant for new sewage disposal works, and for reconditioning their main sewer, and that this application is at present under consideration. I have myself no power and no funds to make grants for sewerage schemes, which come within the purview of my right hon. Friend the Minister of Health. With regard to flooding, the responsible local authority is the Mid Glamorgan Rivers Catchment Board, who are aware that they can obtain a grant from the funds at my disposal for any approved land drainage scheme which they submit.
§ Mr. Morrison
This is primarily a matter for my right hon. Friend. I have no doubt that the hon. Member for Ogmore (Mr. E. J. Williams) will approach my right hon. Friend in the matter, and any help which I can give will be given.
§ Mr. Morrison
I hope I have explained to the House that the pollution of rivers and sewerage schemes do not fall within my purview. The proper course is to approach my right hon. Friend.