HC Deb 01 April 1958 vol 585 c1016
30. Mr. Beswick

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs what representations he has received about the offensive discharge from the Esso refinery at Fawley; what investigations have been made by his officers; and what action is being taken to mitigate the nuisance to residents over a wide surrounding area.

Mr. Bevins

No representations have been received about these works for nearly two years. Regular visits are paid by the district alkali inspector to ensure that emissions of gases and smells are reduced to the minimum.

Mr. Beswick

But is the Minister aware that I have in my possession between 30 and 40 letters from responsible residents in the area complaining of the fumes discharged from the refinery? Is he himself really satisfied that the nuisance has been stopped?

Mr. Bevins

I did not know that the hon. Gentleman had these complaints in his pocket. I am told that this refinery is one of the least troublesome in the country.