HC Deb 01 February 1955 vol 536 cc882-3
29. Mr. Timmons

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is aware of the polluted atmosphere in the Carmyle and Mount Vernon area of Lanarkshire, due to the emission of poisonous fumes from Colvilles' Iron Works; and what steps he will take to remedy this matter.

Commander Galbraith

Because of the nature of the processes carried on at these works, the prevention of air pollution presents special technical difficulties. The Department of Health for Scotland will, however, continue to keep in touch with the county council and the company with a view to the use of the best practicable means to prevent the emission of poisonous fumes.

Mr. Timmons

Does the right hon. and gallant Gentleman realise that this matter was before his predecessors in office in 1946–47, and that in 1947 I had an assurance from the Minister of Supply and from the Minister of Fuel and Power that steps would be taken to mitigate this nuisance? Is he aware that I have reports about the situation becoming much worse, and will he see what can be done to remove this menace as quickly as possible?

Commander Galbraith

I can assure the hon. Member that a great deal has been done. There have been improvements at a capital cost of £170,000, and in the Department's view the company is using the best practical means to prevent objectionable emissions.