HC Deb 26 June 1956 vol 555 cc242-3
13. Dr. Stross

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what action he proposes to take, following the Report of the Committee on Synthetic Detergents; and if he will make a statement.

17. Mr. Dodds

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government if he will make a statement as to the action he proposes to take to implement the recommendation of the majority report of the Committee on Synthetic Detergents for State control over the composition of household synthetic detergents; and if he will forthwith take whatever action is necessary to ensure that manufacturers will clearly stipulate on their packets the need to rinse hands and crockery in clean water after washing with detergents.

26. Mr. J. Harrison

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government, in view of the findings of the committee appointed to inquire into synthetic detergents and their effect upon rivers and sewerage work, and of the special circumstances that exist in and around Nottingham, as the merging point for the waters of many Midland counties, the effects of these detergents being prominently revealed on these rivers, if he will treat this matter as one of urgency and indicate the action he proposes to stop this permanent and continuous damage.

Mr. Sandys

I am examining the Committee's recommendations. Before making any statement, I propose to give reasonable time for all concerned to consider the Report, which was published only a few days ago.

Dr. Stross

When he is considering the matter, will the right hon. Gentleman take into account, in particular, the health factor? Is he aware that, according to the Report, it is possible for excessive phosphates to enter into the drinking water that other people may have to take?

Mr. Sandys

Yes, Sir; naturally, the health considerations are among the most important.

Mr. Dodds

Might I support what my hon. Friend the Member for Stoke-on-Trent, Central (Dr. Stross) has said?