HC Deb 16 December 1970 vol 808 cc1347-8
45. Mrs. Kellett

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will instruct the Warren Spring Laboratory and the Alkali Inspectorate to make available to local planning authorities any information which they may have on the incidence of air pollution by sulphur and other gases within the boundaries of each planning authority.

Mr. Peter Walker

The Alkali Inspectorate is always ready to help local authorities with advice, though it cannot divulge information obtained in confidence, and the Warren Spring Laboratory is in regular touch with some 500 authorities about local levels of air pollution.

Mrs. Kellett

I thank my right hon. Friend for that reply. Will he bear in mind that where destruction of trees and hedgerows has occurred and pollution is suspected it would be of great assistance in pinpointing the cause, and, therefore, finding a cure, if levels, particularly maximum levels, could be given to local authorities and others concerned?

Mr. Walker

Yes. I hope that local authorities will take advantage of the service which is available to them. It is for this and similar reasons that I have decided to strengthen the Alkali Inspectorate.