§ Mr. B. SMITH
asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, as representing the First Commissioner of works, whether his attention has been called to the Volumes of black smoke issuing from the smoke-stack of 1021W the Palace of Westminster between the hours of 10 and 11 a.m.; whether any complaints have been received from St. Thomas's Hospital; and whether any summons from the local authority has been received for the abatement of the nuisance caused?
§ Captain HACKING
As regards the first part of the question, the attention of my right hon. Friend has been called to this nuisance, which is due to the use of foreign coal, and it is hoped that an improvement will be effected when we are able to revert to the use of Welsh coal. The answer to the second and third parts of the question is in the negative.