HC Deb 22 February 1938 vol 332 cc188-9
65. Mr. R. Gibson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many municipalities and other local authorities, respectively, there are under his supervision; how many of these have dust carts with rubber wheels; and whether he will consider taking steps to extend the use of such dust carts with the object of reducing the volume of street noises?

Mr. Elliot

There are in Scotland 195 town councils and 33 county councils. Each town council is responsible for the scavenging service within the burgh and each county council for the service within the special scavenging districts in its area: there are 424 such districts in Scotland. According to my information, rubber-tyred dust carts are in use in the great majority of the burghal areas and also in many rural scavenging districts. I have no power to require local authorities to use vehicles with rubber-tyred wheels, but it is the practice of the Department of Health for Scotland to recommend the use of such vehicles.

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