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Sewage

Volume 986: debated on Wednesday 18 June 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he is satisfied that the arrangements for the discharge of sewage in the vicinity of Carrickfergus and Whitehead are working satisfactorily and that no deleterious consequences have resulted.

I am satisfied with the arrangements for the discharge of sewage in the vicinity of Carrickfergus and Whitehead. A replacement sewage treatment works is under construction at Carrickfergus to cope with projected development.

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many members of staff of the Department of the Environment are employed in whole or in part with sewage disposal; how many are qualified in this branch of engineering; and to what extent the expertise of Queen's University and the New University is used.

Approximately 550, over 200 of whom are graduate engineers or scientists.The expertise of the Queen's University and the New University of Ulster is occasionally used on special investigations, but the need to utilise their expertise in relation to sewage disposal has not arisen.