HC Deb 15 June 1937 vol 325 cc184-5
32. Mr. Kennedy

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has received any communication from the town council of Lerwick regarding the proposed conversion of the burgh's rapid chemical filtration plant into water strainers; whether he is aware that the raw water supply contains an excessive quantity of peat and vegetable debris, and is therefore unsuitable for straining; that there is strong local feeling in Lerwick against the proposed conversion; and whether he will cause impartial inquiries to be made into the matter in the interests of public health?

Mr. Wedderburn

No recent communication has been received from the town council. An investigation was made by officers of the Department of Health for Scotland in May, 1935. If an application is made by the town council to the Department in connection with any proposed alteration of the filtration plant, the question whether further inquiry is necessary will be carefully considered.