HC Deb 29 April 1948 vol 450 cc588-9
31. Sir John Mellor

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he is aware of complaints arising from pollution of the atmosphere from Ham's Hall Power Station; how many complaints he has received from adjacent parishes on this subject; and if he will direct the British Electricity Authority to take immediate steps to stop this pollution.

Mr. Gaitskell

One complaint was received in December, 1945, from the Meridin Urban District Council. Pollution was then being caused by corrosion of the metal connection from the boilers to the chimneys. The replacement of this connection was begun as soon as material was available and I am informed that the work should be completed during the Whitsuntide weekend. Consequently the last part of the Question does not arise.

Sir J. Mellor

Is the Minister aware that this nuisance is particularly severe at the present time, and will he make representations to the British Electricity Authority that they should hasten the work as fast as possible?

Mr. Gaitskell

If the hon. Member will read my answer he will see that such representations are no longer necessary.