asked the Minister of Health whether, with regard to the proposal for the erection of sewage works put forward to him by the Dagenham Urban District Council, seeing that the council is ready to accept responsibility for a better sewage system also at Hornchurch and that two inquiries have been held into the whole matter, he will state what has been the result of these inquiries?
Sir H. YOUNG:
Collaboration between Dagenham and Hornchurch is highly desirable. Negotiations between the authorities have taken place at my request, but I have not yet been informed of the result. The scheme as first submitted by Dagenham was not satisfactory. It has now been amended, and sanction will be given to such sections as can proceed without prejudice to the question of collaboration.
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware of the great seriousness of the matter, due to the enormous increase in the population of this area, and the real danger that the existing system may break down, and that an early decision is most necessary?