HC Deb 11 November 1948 vol 457 cc1704-5
16. Sir Robert Young

asked the Minister of Health whether he has considered the communication, signed by approximately 95 per cent. of the residents of Penketh, Lancashire, against the nuisance and danger to health caused by the use of an old factory at Fiddlers Ferry, for the processing of condemned meat and dead animals; and if he will cause an official investigation to be made or take other steps to remove the malodorous smells and plague of insects for which the use of the factory is responsible.

Mr. Bevan

I have considered the communication. The local authority have power to deal with the matter under the Public Health Act, 1936, and are taking steps to have the nuisance abated. New plant is to be installed in the factory which it is hoped will remove the cause of smells, and the materials are being sprayed regularly with insecticide.

Sir R. Young

When my right hon. Friend says the local authority, does he mean the parish council or the rural district council?

Mr. Bevan

The rural district council.