§ 2. Mr. Arthur Pearson
asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he is satisfied that the amenities of the South Wales coast lines are adequately safeguarded by the existing arrangements for disposal of sewage and trade effluent; and if he will make a statement.
§ The Under-Secretary of State for Wales (Mr. Harold Finch)
The maritime authorities in South Wales are continuously improving the sewage disposal arrangements. Since the war they have spent over £2.5 million on schemes involving new or improved outfalls, and they are now considering further schemes estimated to cost about £14 million. The authorities have in general shown themselves fully alive to their responsibilities for avoiding nuisance and my right hon. Friend is continuing to watch the position closely.
§ Mr. Pearson
Is my hon. Friend aware that this little departure from the crawl of the past is welcomed, but is not the swamping of the beaches by sewage filth due to the vexatious delays between the evolving of schemes and the execution of the treatment of sewerage?
§ Sir Knox Cunningham
With a view to making improvements, will the hon. Gentleman consider some of the sewage schemes which exist in foreign countries?