§ 18. Mr. Willis
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what progress has now been made in the purification of the River Esk, Midlothian.
§ Mr. Willis
Is the Secretary of State aware that his answer is practically the same as the answer which I received two years ago? Of course, the sewerage 386 scheme undertaken by public authorities has contributed to the clearing of the river, but is he aware that it is still in a very bad condition? Is he satisfied that the river purification boards have sufficient powers to clear it?
§ Mr. Noble
I think the hon. Gentleman at leant acknowledges that the part of the problem relating to sewage has been considerably improved. As I am sure he realises, it would be very easy to clear the whole of the problem by closing down the paper mills, but I am equally certain that is not what the hon. Gentleman would want.