HC Deb 02 June 1959 vol 606 c15
20. Mr. Woodburn

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is aware of the growing menace to the River Forth from Stirling seawards from pollution; and whether he is now in a position to state what early action will be taken towards purification of the river and estuary.

Mr. Maclay

I am aware that this matter has aroused a good deal of concern, but before control over pollution can be extended to the tidal waters of the Forth, an order under the Rivers (Prevention of Pollution) (Scotland) Act 1951, is required. The public inquiry into my draft order has only recently finished and I now await the report.

Mr. Woodburn

Is the Minister aware that there is just a chance that this project may founder upon arguments about who is to pay? Would it not prove wise in the long run for the Government to take notice and, if necessary, to put up some of the money to get the job done? Could not they provide some of the cash and collect it from the public in the next Budget?

Mr. Maclay

I realise the importance of this matter, but I think I must get the report of the inquiry before making any further comment.