§ Mr. R. Gibson
asked the Minister of Health how many municipalities and other local authorities, respectively, there are under his supervision; how many of these, respectively, have dust carts with rubber wheels; and whether he will consider taking steps to extend the use of such dust carts with the object of reducing the volume of street noises when the average citizen is asleep?
§ Mr. Bernays
There are 412 municipalities and 1,083 urban and rural district councils. The great majority of the dust carts of these authorities already have rubber wheels and the use of them is still growing. My right hon. Friend has no power to require their general adoption, but if the hon. Member has a particular case in mind and will supply me with the details, I shall be happy to communicate with the local authority concerned.