HC Deb 09 March 1966 vol 725 c2084
13. Earl of Dalkeith

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what action has so far been taken under the Rivers (Prevention of Pollution) (Scotland) Act, 1965, in relation to tidal waters.

Mr. Ross

Progress is being made towards fixing the appointed day for Section I, which cannot be before 2nd August, 1966, and making regulations under Section 3. We are also considering applications for orders extending Sections I to 3 to the Firth of Clyde and Findhorn Bay.

Earl of Dalkeith

Does this mean that no pollution has taken place so far, or that nobody has noticed it if it has taken place? How many individuals will the right hon. Gentleman have engaged in reporting to him when it does occur?

Mr. Ross

I think that the hon. Gentleman had better wait until we get the appointed day, until we get the new applications dealt with. The hon. Gentleman knows that the purification boards are concerned about these matters, and that things do not go unnoticed.

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