Foreshore Pollution

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 9th December 1987.

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Photo of Mr Ronald Brown Mr Ronald Brown , Edinburgh Leith 12:00 am, 9th December 1987

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has received representations from Edinburgh district council about his policy towards controlling pollution of the foreshore; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Lord James Douglas-Hamilton Lord James Douglas-Hamilton , Edinburgh West

My right hon. and learned Friend has received no such representations from the council.

Photo of Mr Ronald Brown Mr Ronald Brown , Edinburgh Leith

Although I recognise that the capitalist system stinks, why does the pong linger along Granton foreshore, an area which the Minister knows well? Is it the fault of the Lothian chemical works, or does the responsibility lie elsewhere? I remind the Minister that it is a serious matter and not to be sniffed at. We want an answer quickly.

Photo of Lord James Douglas-Hamilton Lord James Douglas-Hamilton , Edinburgh West

The prime responsibility lies with the Forth river purification board and the district council. The industrial pollution inspectorate is undertaking monitoring as part of its enforcement role. Measurements have been made around the Lothian chemical company and the results were satisfactory, but, obviously, a close watch is being kept on these matters.