§ Mr. Spence
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will undertake a study to ascertain means 84W local authorities have implemented the recommendations of the 1967 working party report on refuse collection which advocated the abolition of both skep and kerbside collections.
§ Mr. Graham Page
The Working Party on Refuse Collection described kerbside collection as unhygienic, untidy and a hardship for many people and said that it should be tolerated only where collectors would otherwise have no access to refuse receptacles. They regarded the use of skeps as rarely justified. Local authorities would not normally inform my Department when implementing the recommendations of the Working Party and I regret that the information as to the number which have done so is not available.