HC Deb 26 April 1972 vol 835 c284W
56. Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he is aware of the loss of life due to the failure to fence off tow paths; and if, when no public or private concern will admit to ownership of the land and take responsibility, he will take powers to take over control of such derelict areas and to improve the environmental situation.

Mr. Eldon Griffiths

Prevention of accidents of this kind and improvement of derelict areas must be local responsibilities. I am writing to the hon. Member about the unfortunate accident referred to in my reply given to the hon. Member on Wednesday, 19th April, 1972.—[Vol. 835, c. 99.]