§ 36. Mr. H. Johnson
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will employ troops in order to clear seaweed from the South Coast holiday resort beaches so that the breeding grounds for coelopa frigida and other flies may be exterminated.
§ Mr. Johnson
Is my right hon. Friend aware that this new type of fly has now infested a 150-mile stretch of the beach, that they are now advancing on London, 181 that they travel at the rate of eight miles a week, and at that rate they will be in the centre of London within three weeks? Will my right hon. Friend and the Government treat the matter as one of national importance, and will he co-operate by lending powerful flame throwers and troops for an experimental period?
§ Mr. Marlowe
As there are later Questions on the Order Paper to the Minister of Housing and Local Government which are not likely to be reached, may I ask my right hon. Friend to impress upon the Government the necessity for co-ordinated action to be taken in this matter by the central Government as it is one of pressing importance and there is the possibility of an epidemic unless urgent action is taken?
§ Mr. Manuel
If the right hon. Gentleman is considering lending soldiers to do this work, will he take particular care that the cost of this labour will not be lower than the wages paid to the civilians who normally would do such work?
§ Mr. Nicholson
Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that a large section of the population would much resent it if the Army were turned into a body of seaside scavengers?
§ Mr. Fernyhough
If and when the authorities decide to move this seaweed and if they do not know where to dump it, will the military remember my garden?