HC Deb 20 July 1972 vol 841 c161W
47. Mr. Mason

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will conduct a survey using his Alkali Inspectorate in the industrial towns of the North of England of industrial plants which are emitting dust and grit which are proving dangers to health or causing physical irritant, with a view to establishing the size of the problem, and therefore determining to what extent his Alkali Inspectorate should be strengthened to deal with the backlog that has accrued.

Mr. Peter Walker

I have recently added to the Alkali Inspectorate four grit and dust testing teams and intend that these shall be in operation before the end of the year. Further, my Department has been reviewing, in consultation with other Departments, the entire field of monitoring air pollution. When I have considered the results of this review I shall be making another announcement.