HC Deb 08 February 1972 vol 830 cc1128-9
23. Mr. Brocklebank- Fowler

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he is satisfied that levels of bacteria in sewage discharges constitute no danger to inshore fishing grounds; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Anthony Stodart

The levels of bacteria in sewage discharges in our inshore fishing grounds are not causing damage to fisheries resources. I am also advised that there is no damage to stocks because of sewage effluent in the Wash which I know is an area of particular concern to my hon. Friend.

Mr. Brocklebank-Fowler

Is my hon. Friend aware that tens of thousands of tons of mussels and other shell fish in the Wash are not currently being harvested in view of the expense of dealing with the pollution which can result from a high bacterial content in sewage discharges? Is he also aware that we are net importers of shell fish?

Mr. Stodart

Yes, Sir. I recognise that this is a constant problem. Local authorities have plans to improve the situation. There is a closing order already for the eastern part of the Wash, which can be extended. The efficiency of sewage treatment is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment.

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