HC Deb 09 March 1939 vol 344 cc2329-30
41. Mr. W. Joseph Stewart

asked the Minister of Health whether a complete survey of the burning spoil-heaps in the country has yet been made; and, if so, what action the Government propose to take to deal with them?

Mr. Elliot

The completion of the survey will take about another 15 months and the second part of the question does not, therefore, arise. Approximately 75 per cent. of the burning pit heaps have been visited by the alkali inspectors. Repeat visits will, however, be necessary in many cases to see the effect of remedial measures and the need for further measures.

Mr. Stewart

When the survey is completed, will the right hon. Gentleman send instructions to the persons responsible for those dumps, with a view to the removal or treatment of the dumps?

Mr. Elliot

Their removal raises a big question, but as to treatment, I do not wait for the survey to be completed. The inspectors are giving instructions for remedial measures while the survey is in progress.

Mr. Pilkington

Has the limestone dust method been found to be satisfactory?

Mr. Elliot

I should require notice of that question.

Mr. Mathers

Are the remedial measures expensive?

Mr. Elliot

They differ according to the circumstances.