HC Deb 12 April 1960 vol 621 cc1076-7
34. Sir J. Duncan

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he proposes to take to extend the present measures for the prevention of pollution of rivers in Scotland to their estuaries.

Mr. Maclay

I can make no forecast of future policy until I see what happens to the Clean Rivers (Estuaries and Tidal Waters) Bill in another place.

Sir J. Duncan

Will my right hon. Friend exercise his good offices with the Opposition to see that if Amendments extending this useful Bill to Scotland can be added in another place there will be no opposition from the Opposition when the Bill comes back to us for consideration of Lords Amendments?

Mr. Maclay

I agree that the extension of the Bill to Scotland would make for administrative simplicity and stimulate the progress that we would like to see, but I am aware that extension is opposed in certain quarters. If my hon. Friend can help me to overcome that, I will be very grateful.

Mr. T. Fraser

Will the right hon. Gentleman tell us what progress is being made in implementing the provisions of the Act of 1951 with the Tay River Purification Board, which is the Board covering the constituency of the hon. Member for South Angus (Sir James Duncan)? Will he also say whether or not this is a matter that he could properly refer to the Scottish River Purification Advisory Committee?

Mr. Maclay

The answer to the first part of the supplementary question is, not without notice, and the answer to the second part is that I should like to consider it.