Dust Destructor, Hornsey

Oral Answers to Questions — Public Health – in the House of Commons on 22nd October 1942.

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Photo of Sir Frederick Messer Sir Frederick Messer , Tottenham South

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that the Hornsey Borough Council have decided to close down their dust destructor and place the disposal of refuse in the hands of a private contractor; and whether, in view of the fact that this will effect no economy but will impose an undue strain on transport, he will cause an inquiry to be made?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

According to my information the Council's action is not yet decisive but experimental. I understand that it is anticipated that it will produce considerable economy in man-power on the working of the plant and the disposal of the product of incineration, and a negligible effect on transport.

Photo of Sir Percy Hurd Sir Percy Hurd , Devizes

Does not my right hon. Friend think that the Hornsey Borough Council are best able to manage their own affairs?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

That is so, but that is all the more reason why all concerned at the Ministry should watch the experiment.

Photo of Sir Frederick Messer Sir Frederick Messer , Tottenham South

Does not the Minister agree that the ratepayers have the right to this information?

Photo of Mr Robert Morrison Mr Robert Morrison , Tottenham North

Will the Minister make the suggestion to the Hornsey Borough Council that they might consult with one of their neighbouring authorities who might be able to handle this work for them at less expense than is now involved?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

I do not think it is necessary for me to do that. I think there are very friendly relations between the two boroughs.