31. Mrs. Slater
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs if he will make a further statement on research into the question of gas liquor and its effect on river pollution.
§ The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Housing and Local Government (Sir Keith Joseph)
I can add little to the information sent to the hon. Lady last October. I understand the pilot 214 scheme at Southall is showing encouraging results, but that it is too soon to reach any firm conclusions after only a few months' trial.
But does not the Parliamentary Secretary realise how very important this is to every local authority? Is he aware that Stoke faces a dreadful situation, and that unless something is done about this gas liquor a whole sewerage system may be put out of operation, when a local authority such as ours will be faced with a colossal bill? Can he not do something more urgent about it?
§ Sir K. Joseph
The hon. Lady should be encouraged by the preliminary results, but those doing the research cannot command results; they can only go on with research.