§ Mr. Thorne
asked the Minister of Health the total rates, giving the population and rateable value for the financial year for 1943, for Birmingham, Manchester, Westminster City, Bournemouth, Liverpool, Sheffield, Leeds, Bradford and West Ham, respectively.
§ Mr. Willink
The responsibility for enforcing the Rivers Pollution Prevention Act, 1876, against persons who commit offences against the Act in non-tidal parts of the river Rhymney and of any other rivers in the South Wales coalfield area rests with the sanitary authorities through whose districts the rivers pass, and also with the county councils concerned, who have concurrent jurisdiction. I am making inquiries as to what action is in fact being taken and will communicate with 2247W my hon. Friend. As my hon. Friend is aware, the Government propose that rivers boards should be set up for certain areas, including the South Wales rivers and that they should be made responsible for the administration of the Act of 1876.