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Cement Dust, Dartford Area

Volume 480: debated on Thursday 9 November 1950

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asked the Minister of Health if he is aware of the continued cement dust nuisance in the Dartford and neighbouring areas; and when it can be expected that this irritant will be reasonably brought under control in accordance with the many promises given in recent years.

A series of substantial improvements has been effected over the last four years. Further measures are being taken.

Is my right hon. Friend aware that there are thousands of people who are asking how much longer they must see, in the garden of England, towns and countryside covered with cement dust? People who should know best are of the opinion that the cement dust menace is worse and certainly not improving.

We are governed by the techniques of the matter. We are not entirely masters of the situation. It may be that the works ought not to have been planted there in the first instance. It may be that dwellings should not have been put where they are. All we can do is to try to mitigate the offence by using what techniques are at our disposal.