HC Deb 14 March 1950 vol 472 cc908-9
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 contemplates taking measures to deal with it.

Mr. McNeil

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?

Mr. McNeil

We will be very glad to consider the report when it becomes available.

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