§ 78. Mr. Chetwynd
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs whether he has considered the correspondence sent to him by the hon. Member for Stockton-on-Tees drawing attention to the fish or tom-cat smell and the accompanying grey noxious mist which has afflicted Stockton-on-Tees at various dates in June and July; and what action he is taking to put an end to this nuisance.
§ Sir K. Joseph
My right hon. Friend has considered the correspondence. The cat smell seems to have been eliminated. The fish smell comes from a plant which is not registrable under the Alkali Act, but the Alkali Inspectorate, with the support and agreement of the local authority, are co-operating with the firm concerned to reduce it to the minimum. The grey mist is thought to arise from the interaction of emissions from several different industrial processes. The precise cause is not yet known, but investigations continue.