Pollution Inspectorate (Hansard, 3 December 1990)
HC Deb 03 December 1990 vol 182 c5
5. Dr. Kim Howells

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if the Government have plans to expand the staffing and funding of Her Majesty's inspectorate of pollution in Wales in 1991.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales (Mr. Ian Grist)

At present, Her Majesty's inspectorate of pollution has nine inspectors responsible for pollution control in Wales. My right hon. Friend will keep the position under review with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment.

Dr. Howells

Is the Minister aware that many people living in communities in south Wales are very worried about the inadequacy of the inspectorate? What promises of future funding can the hon. Gentleman give to allay the fears in communities such as Llantrisant, Baglan hay and Cwmbran? Can he promise a better life in future to those who have to suffer the filthy smog that so often descends on their homes at present?

Mr. Grist

The hon. Gentleman questions the adequacy of provision for HMIP. We are determined to ensure that that provision is kept up to the mark and constantly reviewed, and under the integrated pollution regulations there will probably be a requirement to increase the complement of staff.