§ Lieut-Colonel Boles
asked the Minister of Agriculture whether his attention has been drawn to the condition of the Glastonbury Mill stream during the past summer; and what steps he proposes to take to ensure for the future that the water is fit to drink for animals and adequate to perform its functions as a fence.
Mr. T. Williams
Owing to the lack of rain last summer, the flow of water in the Glastonbury Mill stream was reduced and as a consequence the pollution of the stream, arising from the effluent of certain factories, was much more noticeable. On the remedial measures proposed to deal with this nuisance, I would refer to the second part of the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Health to my hon. Friend the Member for Taunton (Mr. Collins) on 10th November. I have recently approved for grant-aid a scheme of drainage works on the mill stream which by deepening the channel will make the stream more effective as a fence.