Mr. W. M. ADAMSON
asked the Home Secretary whether factory inspectors take any steps to deal with the discharge of obnoxious fumes from factories where it may cause annoyance to residents in the vicinity or is detrimental to the immediate surroundings?
§ Sir W. JOYNSON-HICKS
The factory inspectors are only empowered to take 1959W such steps as are necessary for the protection of the persons employed in the factories. I might, however, draw the attention of the hon. Member to the powers conferred by the Alkali Works Regulation Act for preventing the discharge into the atmosphere of noxious or offensive gases from works registered under that Act. These powers are administered by the Minister of Health.