HC Deb 28 July 1959 vol 610 c303
30. Mr. Rankin

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many local authorities in Scotland have now made orders declaring smoke control areas; and how many have still to be confirmed by him.

Mr. Maclay

Four local authorities—Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and the Burgh of Dumbarton—have each made one smoke control area order. The Dumbarton order has still to be confirmed.

Mr. Rankin

Do not those figures indicate that, while there is admittedly a sluggardly attitude among the local authorities, there is an even more sluggardly attitude on the part of the Secretary of State for Scotland? From these two similarities, when does he propose to develop some speed?

Mr. Maclay

Personal abuse never reduces smoke abatement.