HC Deb 19 June 1973 vol 858 cc94-5W
Mr. Nicholas Edwards

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the total annual expenditure in Wales and the United Kingdom, respectively, in 1973 and planned for 1974 on (1) grant aid for railway services, (2) road construction and (3) road maintenance.

Mr. Peter Thomas

I have been asked to reply.

The latest estimates of expenditure on road construction and road maintenance are as follows:

Mr. Eldon Griffiths

As regards emissions to atmosphere from industrial premises in its area which are not registered under the Alkali etc. Works Regulation Act 1906, the Sheffield City Council is itself the supervisory authority under the Public Health and Clean Air Acts and is, therefore, free to carry out a survey if it wishes. By an order made under Section 17(2) of the Clean Air Act 1956 the council also exercises control over particulate emissions from several registered works, including all are furnaces of less than 30 tons capacity.

As regards other premises registered under the Alkali Act, my right hon. and learned Friend is already adequately informed by the Alkali and Clean Air Inspectorate.

Responsibility for the prevention of river pollution rests with river authorities—in the case of Sheffield, the Yorkshire River Authority—which have powers under existing legislation to sample industrial discharges and river water so as to determine the effect of the one upon the other.