HC Deb 13 November 1957 vol 577 c58W
Mr. Owen

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what action is being taken to limit the discomfort caused by the burning spoil heaps in the town of Ashington, Northumberland.

Mr. H. Brooke

Under Section 18 of the Clean Air Act, 1956, the owner of a colliery spoilbank is required to use all practicable means for preventing combustion, and for preventing or minimising the emission of smoke and fumes. It is the responsibility of the local authority to ensure that this requirement is complied with, but my Alkali Inspectors are available for consultation if desired.