Oral Answers to Questions — Smoke Abatement.

– in the House of Commons on 26th June 1930.

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Photo of Sir Nicholas Grattan-Doyle Sir Nicholas Grattan-Doyle , Newcastle upon Tyne North

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asked the Minister of Health what number of local authorities have adopted by-laws on the subject of smoke abatement; what number have no by-laws; and whether it is proposed to take any steps to extend the adoption of such by-laws?

Photo of Mr Arthur Greenwood Mr Arthur Greenwood , Nelson and Colne

116 local authorities have made by-laws. Although this leaves 1,652 without by-laws, the districts without by-laws are largely those where few or no manufacturing processes are found, and many of them are rural. In view of this, and of the powers of proceeding for proved nuisance even without by-laws, I do not think it necessary at present to exercise the power given me by the Act of 1926 of forcing local authorities to make by-laws.

Photo of Sir Nicholas Grattan-Doyle Sir Nicholas Grattan-Doyle , Newcastle upon Tyne North

Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that this question of smoke abatement is of very vital interest to the public health, and will be not try to ginger up the local authorities so that they do a little more than they have done?

Photo of Mr Arthur Greenwood Mr Arthur Greenwood , Nelson and Colne

I am very anxious to encourage local authorities, but the process of gingering up is one to which there is a limit.

Photo of Sir Nicholas Grattan-Doyle Sir Nicholas Grattan-Doyle , Newcastle upon Tyne North

Why does not the right hon. Gentleman use the powers that he has in that direction?