HC Deb 03 May 1944 vol 399 cc1327-8W
Rear-Admiral Beamish

asked the Minister of Aircraft Production with what object the Foundry Services, Limited, Order, 1944, has been issued; what remedy lies with the Fishery Board concerned in the event of a noxious effluent, as defined in the Freshwater Fisheries Act of 1923, being discharged by Foundry Services, Limited; and what efforts have been, and are being, made to purify the effluent before discharge into a clean stream.

Sir S. Cripps

The object of the Order is to authorise the discharge of an effluent arising from the manufacture of a product needed for the efficient prosecution of the war. Steps are being taken to dilute the effluent, before its discharge into the stream, to a degree which the Water Pollution Research Laboratory are satisfied is sufficient to render it harmless. When the installation is complete, the effectiveness of this method will be tested on the spot by an officer of the Laboratory. As regards the second part of the Question, I would refer the hon. and gallant Member to the reply given to a related question on 27th April by my right hon. Friend, the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries.