HC Deb 19 June 1973 vol 858 cc93-4W
Mr. Eddie Griffiths

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will carry out a survey into the atmospheric and river pollution caused by industry in Sheffield.

light of the review and the general policy guidance given by the Department.

Officials of the Department have no formal inspection powers or duties in relation to tips. But the Department has issued recommended codes of practice for the controlled tipping of solid wastes and officials have visited the Sutton Walls tip on several occasions and advised the local authorities in the area. They are always prepared to give further advice and assistance to the authorities if requested.

On 12th June my right hon. and learned Friend announced the preparation of a programme of research into the behaviour of wastes tipped on to land, designed to discover to what extent material may be leached or dispersed from tips and to establish practical guidelines for local authorities and others concerned with these problems. This research will involve intensive investigations at a selected number of tips.