Salvage and Refuse (Collection)

Oral Answers to Questions — Public Health – in the House of Commons on 20th October 1942.

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Photo of Major-General Sir Alfred Knox Major-General Sir Alfred Knox , Wycombe

asked the Minister of Health whether, in cases where local authorities are unable, owing to lack of labour and transport, to collect both salvage and refuse, he will indicate what service should be given the preference?

Photo of Dame Florence Horsbrugh Dame Florence Horsbrugh , Dundee

In the particular case which I think my hon. and gallant Friend has in mind, the council reached their decision in the exercise of their judgment how they could best meet the needs of their district and of the national war effort with the necessarily limited means now at their disposal and, as I have already indicated, my right hon. Friend does not think intervention on his part would be warranted.

Photo of Major-General Sir Alfred Knox Major-General Sir Alfred Knox , Wycombe

Does my hon. Friend realise that a lead is required? In my constituency there is a rural district council which collects salvage and leaves refuse, and all the local inhabitants fear an epidemic. In another they collect refuse and leave the salvage, and the salvage collectors are patriotically indignant.

Photo of Dame Florence Horsbrugh Dame Florence Horsbrugh , Dundee

Perhaps my hon. and gallant Friend has not studied the communications that he has received on the subject. I shall be glad to discuss it with him, because I cannot think that in these days there is a very large amount of refuse left when salvage schemes are properly worked out.