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Forth River (Pollution)

Volume 640: debated on Tuesday 9 May 1961

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has considered the Report on Salmon Fishing in the Forth for 1960 and the dangers to this industry of continuing pollution; and what progress is being made with purification.

I am informed that the main pollution occurs in the narrow tidal stretch in the upper estuary which has come within the jurisdiction of the Forth River Purification Board only since August last year. The Board has reported that the rivers flowing into this stretch are generally clean already with the exception of the Devon which, as a result of remedial measures in hand or planned, should be very substantially improved within a few years.