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Smoke Nuisance, Liverpool

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 28 February 1952

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asked the Minister of Agriculture why no reply has been sent to the medical officer of health for Liverpool by the Lancashire agricultural officer regarding the complaint that a mobile locomotive-type boiler was operating in a residential area and was emitting black smoke for long periods to the nuisance of the residents; if he is aware that modifications to this mobile boiler were suggested last year, without effect; and if he will take steps to remedy this matter.

The Lancashire Agricultural Executive Committtee are doing their best to avoid cause for complaint, and I regret that the medical officer of health has not been kept informed of progress. Unfortunately the boiler modification proposed was not found to be effective, and the trouble appears to be due to the type of fuel used. It is now proposed to use smokeless fuel when the boiler is working in residential districts.