§ Mr. Alfred Morris
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what further progress has been made in the establishment of smoke control areas; what consideration he is giving to making it obligatory for selected local authorities to establish such areas; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Mellish
Between 1st July, 19b6, and 31st May, 1967, 324 smoke control orders were made by local authorities in England, covering 465,157 premises, making a total of 2,509 orders and 3,414,351 premises. Figures for the period before 1st July, 1966, have been given in reply to previous Questions by my hon. Friend.
Thirty-seven per cent. more premises were included in smoke control orders made in the year ending 31st March. 1967, than in the previous twelve months.
My right hon. Friend has not yet decided whether he should seek to make smoke control obligatory in certain areas, and has no statement to make on the subject at present.