Mr. Creech Jones
asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been drawn to the nuisance from fumes, smells and dust created by the Wharncliffe chemical works, Frizinghall, Shipley; why, as this nuisance is under his supervision and not that of the local authority, no previous action was taken by his predecessors when their notice was drawn to it; and what he now proposes to do to remove the grounds for the complaints made to him by local residents?
§ Mr. Elliot
The attention of my Department was first called to this matter in August, 1938. Following investigation by one of my inspectors the operation of that part of the works which was giving rise to the complaint and was registrable under the Alkali, etc. Works Regulation Act, 1906, was stopped from October, 1938, to February, 1939. In the meantime new plant was installed and the works were registered. A further complaint was made on 16th May last and investigated by one of my inspectors. A defect in the plant has been discovered and is being remedied.