asked the President of the Local Government Board, When the Report of the Commissioners to inquire into the best methods of purifying Sewage will be presented; and, if he will delay the introduction of the Rivers Pollution Bill till such Report has been made and considered by this House?
I think my hon. and gallant Friend should be informed that what he alludes to as a Commission is simply an inquiry by officers of my Department, for the use of my Department, into the chief systems of sewage disposal now in operation in respect of which loans have been sanctioned. The Report is, I believe, completed; but it has not yet been placed in my hands for perusal, and until I have read it I am unable to say anything as to its publication. I do not think it will be at all necessary to delay the production of the Rivers Pollution Bill until this Report has been considered.