HC Deb 25 April 1939 vol 346 cc937-8
6. Sir Douglas Thomson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many burning colliery refuse heaps there are in Scotland, and on how many of these is refuse still being tipped?

Mr. Colville

I am informed that 68 colliery refuse heaps are on fire in Scotland, and that refuse is still being deposited on 50 of these.

Sir D. Thomson

Will not my right hon. Friend take steps to see that inflammable refuse does not continue to be tipped on these heaps, which are already on fire?

Mr. Colville

Yes, Sir. Discussions are now proceeding between the inspectors of the Department of Health and of the Mines Department on the one hand, and the colliery companies on the other, and they have in mind the point that my hon. Friend has made.

Mr. Gallacher

Has the right hon. Gentleman given any consideration to the question of stowing redd instead of piling it up?

Mr. Colville

That is a matter for the Mines Department rather than for me.

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