Nottingham General Hospital (Smoke Nuisance)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd December 1957.

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Photo of Lieut-Colonel John Cordeaux Lieut-Colonel John Cordeaux , Nottingham Central 12:00 am, 2nd December 1957

asked the Minister of Health when the scheme to abate the smoke nuisance committed by the Nottingham Number 1 Hospital Management Committee due to the emission of black smoke and grit from the chimney of the Nottingham General Hospital is expected to become effective.

Photo of Mr Derek Walker-Smith Mr Derek Walker-Smith , Hertfordshire East

The scheme became effective early in October.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel John Cordeaux Lieut-Colonel John Cordeaux , Nottingham Central

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the unfortunate victims in the Nottingham fall-out area would not go as far as that? Will he look at the matter again and do all in his power to inject a sense of urgency into the hospital management committee, because notice of this nuisance was served on it over eight years ago?

Photo of Mr Derek Walker-Smith Mr Derek Walker-Smith , Hertfordshire East

I am aware that there has been a good deal of discussion of the past history of this matter, but this is the first time I have heard any suggestion that the scheme has not been effective since coming into operation. If my hon. and gallant Friend means that allegation, I will certainly look at the matter.

Photo of Mr Arthur Blenkinsop Mr Arthur Blenkinsop , Newcastle upon Tyne East

Will the Minister make sure that not only this hospital but the hospital in my area has the financial resources to enable it to install modern boiler plant?

Photo of Mr Derek Walker-Smith Mr Derek Walker-Smith , Hertfordshire East

This plant has been installed at a cost of £80,000. It is a large scheme, which has taken over two years to complete. I have no information that it is now working other than satisfactorily.