HC Deb 22 June 1903 vol 124 c54

To ask the Secretary to the Admiralty whether the attention of the hydrographer of the Admiralty is directed to the erosion of different parts of the East Coast of England, more particularly that of Holderness; and whether there are any reports in the Hydrographer's Department of the extent of formerly occupied land between Flamborough Head and Spurn Point, which has now disappeared into the North Sea.

(Answered by Mr. Arnold-Forster.) The duties of the hydrographer do not include that of watching the erosion of the coast. Any changes in a coast which are of sufficient extent to be shown on the various Admiralty surveys made at different times can be ascertained from those surveys when they are made on a sufficiently large scale, but in the case of the coast mentioned there is no information that will be of use to the hon. Member. It is suggested that such information could more readily be obtained from Estate and Ordnance surveys.