§ 12. Mr. Hargreaves
asked the Minister of Health if he is aware of the danger and nuisance to residents through the emission of dense clouds of smoke from the chimney of the City General Hospital, Carlisle; and if he will expedite the installation of new boiler plant to abate the nuisance and reduce the cause for complaint.
§ Mr. Iain Macleod
The regional hospital board regard this as an urgent matter, and are doing everything possible to expedite the provision of new plant. Meanwhile, the hospital is taking such steps as it can to reduce the trouble.
§ Mr. Hargreaves
May I thank the Minister for his helpful reply, and ask him if he is aware that I have a petition from 600 local residents in the vicinity of the hospital protesting against the pollution of the atmosphere? Would he, as Minister, set an example to commercial undertakings in the area in the matter of pollution?
§ Mr. Macleod
I am doing what I can, but the difficulty here is that new boilers are required, and until they are installed the position will not be entirely satisfactory. They are on order and I hope we can get their delivery hurried up.