HC Deb 12 December 1961 vol 651 cc199-200
27. Mr. Snow

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs when approval, in principle, will be given by his Department to the Burntwood and District Sewerage and Sewage Disposal Scheme, in view of substantial inconvenience at present being caused to local residents by the absence of an efficient system.

Mr. Rippon

This scheme was submitted to my right hon. Friend in mid-October. The Lichfield Rural District Council has been asked for some further particulars. As soon as these are received, arrangements will be made for the scheme to be investigated locally by one of our engineering inspectors. After that my right hon. Friend will give a decision as quickly as possible.

Mr. Snow

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that I make no complaint of delay on the part of his Department, but that, although this is a local authority responsibility. I have considered it necessary to investigate the problem on the spot in view of the very bad situation that exists, including the entry into people's houses of effluent from lavatories and also from a local abattoir? Is he further aware that I consider that there is a severe risk to health, which I have duly reported? Will he ask for this investigation to be carried out with great urgency?

Mr. Rippon

We will ask the council to supply the information we have requested as soon as possible.

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