HC Deb 19 July 1971 vol 821 c1024
17. Mr. Gower

asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many representations he has received about the effects of the disposal of sewage and industrial effluent on the Welsh coast of the Bristol Channel ; and what new policies he will adopt to lessen such disposal in the future.

Mr. Gibson-Watt

Apart from representations forwarded by my hon. Friend on behalf of a constituent, we have received fewer than half a dozen letters. The Working Party on Sewage Disposal recently recommended a review of measures for controlling the disposal of waste to coastal waters. This is under consideration, and a Government announcement will be made soon.

Mr. Gower

In view of the widespread recognition of the importance of the preservation of the purity of the environment, will my right hon. and learned Friend and my hon. Friend give extra attention to this matter because it is one of some controversy, as they must be aware?

Mr. Gibson-Watt

I accept what my hon. Friend says. With my right hon. and learned Friend, I will certainly continue to take an active interest in the matter.

Mr. Roy Hughes

Would not the Minister agree that the hon. Member for Barry (Mr. Gower) had full opportunity to put those points of view, if he is so concerned about these matters, in the debate a fortnight ago on the Bristol West Dock scheme?