HC Deb 30 June 1938 vol 337 cc2140-1W
Mr. C. Wilson

asked the Minister of Health whether he can state the number of burning pit-heaps in the list recently reported to him; and whether the list is complete for England and Wales; how many alkali inspectors are investigating the nuisance and when it is anticipated that their investigations will be completed; and whether, when completed, a White Paper will be available?

Mr. Elliot

The list, which I understand is complete, gives 214 collieries where there are burning pit-heaps. Five inspectors are engaged in the investigation. This, it is anticipated, will take two years to complete. Reports on the investigation will be included in the annual reports of the chief alkali inspector. The question whether any further publication is desirable will be considered when the investigation has been completed.