I have been receiving from the Chief Alkali and Clean Air Inspector special reports at two-monthly intervals on emissions of dust from the cement works at North fleet. I am asking North fleet Urban District Council for further evidence and shall consider in the light of this whether further action is required.
I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for that answer. In view of the Second Report of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution which disputes the need for confidentiality, will he give special consideration to giving local authorities a statutory right to information about the amount of emission from individual chimneys?
Will the right hon. Gentleman insist that everything possible is done for the people who live in the cement dust areas such as West Thurrock where there is more cement dust than anywhere else in the world? Does he appreciate that I have been questioning various Governments about this matter for more than 20 years? Does he realise that the people in the area do not believe that the nuisance is unavoidable, nor do they believe that everything possible is being done to protect them—and nor do I?
I realise that this is an immense problem on Thamesside which causes a great deal of distress to people living in that area. I assure the hon. Gentleman that I shall do everything possible to speed up the programme.