HC Deb 07 July 1953 vol 517 cc1047-8
39. Mr. Gower

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what steps he will take to deal with problems arising from the chemical reactions and other effects of detergents upon sewers and rivers and upon freshwater fish.

Mr. Marples

I would refer my hon. Friend to my right hon. Friend's announcement on 18th May last of the appointment of a Committee to examine this whole question.

Mr. Gower

Is my hon. Friend aware that in some parts of the country this is really an urgent matter, and will he see that the inquiry is speeded up?

Mr. Marples

Yes, Sir. The inquiry is being carried out by experts and it is a complex matter, but a conclusion will be reached as quickly as possible.

Mr. Awbery

Is the Minister aware that during the last fortnight medical officers of health have reported the effect on rivers, which has prevented children from swimming and, because of that, will he hurry up this inquiry?

Mr. Marples

It is going forward as quickly as possible.