Catalogue description Ministry of Housing and Local Government and predecessors: Local Government Divisions and predecessors: Air Pollution and Smoke Abatement, Registered Files (91213 Series)

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Reference: HLG 55
Title: Ministry of Housing and Local Government and predecessors: Local Government Divisions and predecessors: Air Pollution and Smoke Abatement, Registered Files (91213 Series)
Description:

General policy files of the Local Government Board, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Housing and Local Government containing correspondence, legal opinions, proposals and reports, on the prevention, control, detection and measurement of air pollution. The series also includes minutes, papers, etc. of the Committee on Air Pollution, 1953 to 1954, the Clean Air Council from 1957, and the Air Pollution Research Interdepartmental Committee from 1955.

Date: 1914-1976
Related material:

See also the Department of the Environment, Division within AT

Records concerning anti-air pollution measures are in BT 328

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Former reference in its original department: 91213 file series
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Creator:

Home Office, 1782-

Local Government Board, 1871-1919

Ministry of Health, 1919-1968

Ministry of Housing and Local Government, 1951-1970

Ministry of Local Government and Planning, 1951-1951

Ministry of Town and Country Planning, 1943-1951

Ministry of Works, 1943-1962

Ministry of Works and Buildings, 1940-1942

Ministry of Works and Planning, 1942-1943

Physical description: 315 file(s)
Administrative / biographical background:

The Public Health Act 1875 enacted that any industrial furnace which did not consume its own smoke as far as practicable and any chimney (not being the chimney of a private dwelling house) emitting black smoke in such quantities as to be a nuisance should be deemed a nuisance liable to be dealt with summarily. The Public Health (Smoke Abatement) Act 1926 and the Public Health Act 1936 extended and amended the Act of 1875.

The Acts were administered by local authorities (County Councils and Sanitary Authorities) and (in London) by Metropolitan Boroughs and the Council of the City of London.

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