HC Deb 22 October 1942 vol 383 cc2079-80
28. Mr. Messer

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that the Hornsey Borough Council have decided to close down their dust destructor and place the disposal of refuse in the hands of a private contractor; and whether, in view of the fact that this will effect no economy but will impose an undue strain on transport, he will cause an inquiry to be made?

Mr. E. Brown

According to my information the Council's action is not yet decisive but experimental. I understand that it is anticipated that it will produce considerable economy in man-power on the working of the plant and the disposal of the product of incineration, and a negligible effect on transport.

Sir Percy Hurd

Does not my right hon. Friend think that the Hornsey Borough Council are best able to manage their own affairs?

Mr. Brown

That is so, but that is all the more reason why all concerned at the Ministry should watch the experiment.

Mr. Messer

Does not the Minister agree that the ratepayers have the right to this information?

Mr. R. C. Morrison

Will the Minister make the suggestion to the Hornsey Borough Council that they might consult with one of their neighbouring authorities who might be able to handle this work for them at less expense than is now involved?

Mr. Brown

I do not think it is necessary for me to do that. I think there are very friendly relations between the two boroughs.