§ 35. Mr. Mathers
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is aware of the seriousness of the river pollution problem in Scotland; and whether he 909 contemplates taking measures to deal with it.
Many Scottish rivers are undoubtedly polluted, but I have at present no statutory power to enforce the administration of the Rivers Pollution Prevention Acts, which rests in the hands of local authorities. I propose, however, to consider this matter when I receive the report of the Scottish Water Advisory Committee, who are at present considering the amendment of these Acts.
§ Mr. Mathers
Is my right hon. Friend aware that there is such a wide general view on the need for dealing with this matter that it is one which might be tackled by this Parliament?