§ Mr. C. EDWARDS
asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that 16 persons lost their lives through the bursting of the Dolgarrog Dam, North Wales; that the breakage occurred through bad and unsatisfactory work; and will he take steps to secure powers to enable him to compel local authorities to have work of this kind done in future by direct labour?
I am aware of this case and of the verdict returned at the coroner's inquest. The work was not, however, constructed for any local authority, and the question of direct labour does not, therefore, arise in connection with it.
§ Major OWEN
asked the Home Secretary if it is proposed to hold a public inquiry into the Dolgarrog Dam disaster; and whether it is proposed to introduce legislation for the supervision of such dams both during and after construction?
§ Sir W. JOYNSON-HICKS
I am afraid that I am not vet in a position to make any statement. The full report on the inquest has just been received, and the situation is now being carefully reviewed in consultation with the other Departments interested.